What Is Macular Degeneration? (ARMD) Macular
degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age
60 and effects the retina. It occurs when
the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula,
deteriorates. The retina is
the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye. There are two types - the wet and the dry type.
This form can develop in those
with dry macular degeneration.
In Wet Macular Degeneration,
the eye's blood vessels begin to grow
into the retina and cause swelling or bleeding and can cause sudden or
gradual loss of vision.
The "wet" form of macular
degeneration is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels
from the choroid underneath the macula. This is called
These blood vessels leak blood and fluid into the
retina, causing distortion of vision that makes straight lines look
wavy, as well as blind spots and loss of
These abnormal blood vessels eventually scar,
leading to permanent loss of central vision.
Most patients with macular
degeneration have the dry form of the disease and can lose some form of
central vision. The dry form of macular
degeneration can lead to the wet form. Only about 10% of people with macular
degeneration develop the wet form, but they are majority of those who
experience serious vision loss from the disease.
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