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How age-related macular degeneration develops (AMD)

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The ophthalmologist initially diagnoses whitish deposits in the macula (so-called strangles) and pigment shifts. These gradually increase and - over years - vision slowly deteriorates.

 

This stage is called “dry AMD" because there is yet no fluid retention in the retina. 80% of all AMD patients suffer from this type of macular degeneration. Some patients (10 - 20%) however, suddenly (within days or weeks) retain fluid in the retina / macula, also referred to as “macular oedema".

The patient usually notices this him- or herself, since visual acuity deteriorates suddenly and straight lines are no longer seen as straight but as wavy lines. This stage is referred to as “wet AMD".

 

The underlying cause is diseased, fragile vessels which, coming from the choroid, grow into the retina. The vessels are fragile and allow fluid and in some cases also small amounts of blood, to pass through. Quick treatment is necessary because the fluid retained will quickly damage the photoreceptors (rods and cones), usually resulting in irreversible vision loss.

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