Understand how Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD) can impact vision.
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Wet AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people 50 years of age and older in the United States.1 The good news is that treatment options are available, and you've taken steps to help manage your Wet AMD and your vision.1
Wet AMD affects your macula .1 Abnormal blood vessels grow under the macula while also leaking blood and fluid.1 This damages and scars the macula.1
Wet AMD may cause blurriness in the center of your vision,1 straight lines to look wavy,2 and colors to look dull and washed out.2 It also can cause blind spots or patches2 or cause objects to seem farther away than they really are.3 These symptoms may affect your ability to read, write, drive, and recognize faces.1
Wet AMD can worsen over time, resulting in loss of vision.1 That's why it's so important to see your eye doctor on a regular basis and stay on course with your doctor's recommended treatment plan.1
Wet AMD is a serious eye condition that can get worse.1 However, you can take important steps to help your vision.1
Your eye care team can help you manage your eye health and treat your eye condition. Your loved ones are there to support you, too. Talk with them so they know how to best help you manage living with Wet AMD.
At first, you may have no symptoms of Wet AMD.1 When symptoms appear, they may affect your ability to read, write, drive, and recognize faces.1 And, over time, Wet AMD may lead to vision loss.1
Learn more about the common symptoms of Wet AMD by seeing life through In My Eyes. Wet AMD is a disease that can get worse, so taking action can make a difference. Share the app with your loved ones to help them better understand what you may be experiencing.
Your doctor may use the following tests to diagnose and monitor your condition and check your treatment progress:
Measures how well you see the letters on an eye chart from a distance.
Your doctor puts drops into your eye to dilate (widen) the pupil . He or she can then see the back of the eye, including the retina, for signs of problems or changes.
A special camera takes photos showing the inside of the back of the eye.
Dye is used to show the blood vessels in the back of the eye.
An imaging test that shows the layers and thickness of the retina.
Because Wet AMD can get worse, it is important that you check your vision in between eye appointments.5 The Amsler Grid is a simple eye test you can do on your own at home every day.5
Follow the directions below to download your Amsler Grid. If you see any problem areas while you're giving yourself the test, mark them with a pencil on the Amsler Grid. If your vision is getting worse, contact your eye care team right away!
You or your loved ones can use the slider below to get an idea of what Wet AMD can do to your vision.
With Wet AMD, it's vital to keep your appointments and stay on course with your doctor's recommended treatment plan.1
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