A visit to the eye doctor can be the first milestone in proactively managing your eye health – but it’s not always easy. Watch the episodes below to see what it’s like to experience Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and make it to your appointment.

WATCH THE JOURNEY UNFOLD

SEE IT DIFFERENTLY

Those closest to you can be helpful throughout this journey, and it’s beneficial to hear what they have to say.

YOU'RE NOT ALONE

Wet AMD is the leading cause of vision loss for Americans over fifty.1 Though changes in your vision may be a normal part of aging, vision loss is not necessarily inevitable.

THE FIRST VISIT

The earlier you visit your doctor when you experience vision loss symptoms, the better. All it takes is one appointment to check your eye health—and, if you’re diagnosed with Wet AMD, to learn about your treatment options.

WET AMD AT A GLANCE

Get a quick glimpse of what Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD) is and how to help protect against vision loss.

WHAT IS WET AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (WET AMD)?

Wet AMD affects the macula (the part of the retina responsible for sharp central vision). Wet AMD happens when abnormal blood vessels grow under the macula while also leaking blood and fluid. This damages and scars the macula.1

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR WET AMD?

Risk factors for Wet AMD include

  • Dry AMD1
  • Age 50 years or older1
  • Family history of Wet AMD1,2
  • Gender (more common in women)2
  • Obesity2
  • Race (more common in Caucasians)1,2
  • Smoking1,2

HOW DOES WET AMD AFFECT VISION?

Common symptoms include blurred vision, dark spots or “floaters”, straight lines that look crooked and washed out colors. In addition, objects may seem farther away than they really are.3 These symptoms may affect your ability to read, write, drive, and recognize faces.4

HOW IS WET AMD DIAGNOSED?

There are different tests for diagnosing Wet AMD. The most common test is a dilated eye exam. During the exam, a doctor puts drops into your eye to dilate the pupil. He or she can then see the back of the eye, including the retina, for signs of problems.1

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR WET AMD?

The good news is there are treatment options that may help protect against vision loss caused by Wet AMD. If you are experiencing symptoms of Wet AMD, make an appointment to speak with your eye doctor today to discuss how you can help protect your vision.

Health information contained herein is provided for general education purposes only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health or treatment.

REFERENCES

  1. Facts about age-related macular degeneration. US Dept of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute Web site. Accessed September 23, 2015.
  2. Risk factors for macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration Partnership Web site. Accessed September 23, 2015.
  3. Macular degeneration. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Web site. Accessed September 23, 2015.
  4. Macular degeneration symptoms. American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO EyeSmart) Web site. Accessed September 23, 2015.
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