Age-Related Macular Degeneration
What is Macula?
Macular Degeneration FAQs
What is Macular Degeneration?
What causes Macular degeneration?
What are the symptoms?
As the macular cells begin to disintegrate symptoms of blurred vision become noticeable. This especially affects the ability of people to see what is directly in front of them. Reading, writing and close work such as knitting is affected the most. As the disease progresses, people experience significant vision loss in the centre and are unable to recognise faces. The peripheral retina is never affected. Therefore, people never experience complete loss of vision as peripheral/side vision remains intact.
What are the ‘Dry’ and ‘Wet’ types of macular degeneration?
In the Wet form of macular degeneration, patients develop fragile and leaky blood vessels. This leads to leakage of fluid and blood in the macula hence the term ‘Wet’. If untreated, it leads to permanent damage to the macula and formation of a scar. Wet macular degeneration can happen suddenly leading to rapid loss of sight.