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Understanding Macular Degeneration

A chronic, degenerative condition affecting central vision

With macular degeneration, it may be difficult to read a book, locate the edge of a curb, or recognize faces. There are two forms of macular degeneration: dry and wet. The wet form is more severe and requires treatment to help preserve vision. 

Picture: Illustration of anatomy of an eye with wet AMD, identifying the lens, retina, abnormal leaky blood vessels and increased VEGF-A

The Role of Fluid in Wet Macular Degeneration

How leaky blood vessels create a chronic, degenerative condition

If fluid isn’t controlled, central vision will gradually get worse, leading to difficulty doing everyday activities such as reading, recognizing faces and driving.

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Risk Factors and Symptoms: Wet Macular Degeneration

Age and family history play a role

Learn about risk factors for wet macular degeneration, and symptoms caused by the condition.