Types of Macular Degeneration

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There are two types of age-related macular degeneration (AMD):

  • Dry form, distinguished by deposits of drusen in the retina
  • Wet form, distinguished by the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the macula

Both types of macular degeneration may be asymptomatic at first, but unless detected and treated early on, can result in a complete loss of vision.

If you are experiencing any changes in your vision – particularly in your central vision, please contact California Retina Associates online or by calling (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule a treatment evaluation at one of our San Diego area offices.

Dry Macular Degeneration

Dry macular degeneration is the more common form of AMD. Vision loss with this type of macular degeneration results when dresen – yellow deposits in the retina – begin to increase in size or multiply in number. Because the progression of this disorder is slow, initial symptoms may seem similar to those produced by less worrisome issues. However, as it advances, symptoms of dry macular degeneration may include a loss of central vision in addition to diminished color sensitivity and visual white out. These symptoms should be brought to the immediate attention of one of our San Diego Ophthalmologists. While dry macular degeneration cannot be cured, some lifestyle modifications can help slow its progression.

Wet Macular Degeneration

Wet macular degeneration may be less common, but it is also more likely to result in a permanent loss of vision. Vision loss with wet macular degeneration occurs when fluids and blood leak from abnormal vessels in the retina. This increase of fluid in the macula distorts vision and can eventually form a scar that will cause a complete loss of vision in the affected eye.

There are treatments for wet macular degeneration, although it cannot be cured. Treatments that may be recommended by our San Diego retina specialists include laser therapy, and anti-VEGF medications. The option best suited to meet your needs will be determined during your visit to one of our offices.

If you are struggling with vision changes, please call our San Diego retina specialists at (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to schedule an appointment today. We severe the San Diego area from our offices in Chula Vista and El Centro.

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835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

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El Centro, CA 92243

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La Mesa, CA 91942