Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeration


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Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration - is abnormal new blood vessels grow under the retina and leak fluid and blood, further disturbing macular function. Most common cause of decreased vision after age 50. There are two types of Age-Related Macular Degeneration; dry and wet. Dry being the one where the is no treatment for, and which is usually evident as disturbance of macular pigmentation and deposits of yellowish material under the pigment epithelial layer in the central retinal zone. The "wet" type of AMD is the more aggresive type but unlike the "Dry" type the wet AMD does have treatment like Photodynamic Therapy and Intravitreous Injections such as Avastin, Lucentis, and Kenalog. Although the treatment is not 100% affective; they say 33% of patients vision is improved, 33% vision is stable, and 33% vision becomes worse.