The Difference Between Wet & Dry Macular Degeneration

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Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can cause severe vision loss and is a leading cause of blindness in America. This eye disease typically occurs in those over the age of 65 and involves loss of your central vision. There is no cure for AMD, but there are several treatments available, which range from vitamin supplements to injected medicines and laser eye surgery. AMD is characterized by two forms: wet and dry.

Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Up to 90 percent of men and women with age-related macular degeneration have the dry form of the condition. This is marked by a slight change in the appearance of your macula (the center portion in the back of your retina). Yellow deposits—or "drusen"—start to collect and dim or distort your vision. You may not notice these changes as dry AMD advances slowly. Dry AMD may only cause difficulty when you read. Our ophthalmologists, Dr. Kirk check for this eye condition during your eye exams to ensure we catch your problems early. Vision loss could be avoided with the right treatment.

Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Wet AMD may develop after you've already had dry AMD, or may present at the same time. This form is aggressive, causing complete or partial central vision loss over the span of several weeks or months. Wet AMD causes abnormal blood vessel growth under your retina, which leads to fluid leakage. This abnormal growth can also cause bleeding and scarring. It's important to begin treatment for wet AMD immediately to avoid severe vision impairment. These treatments involve injected medicines and laser treatments.

If you've been diagnosed as having AMD or are experiencing vision changes, please contact our experienced eye doctors in Fort Collins today at 970-669-1107 to schedule your eye exam. We serve patients in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and surrounding areas of Colorado.