Back to Basics: Dry Vs. Wet Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the inner part of the retina in the eye called the macula. When the macula is damaged, it can lead to blurred vision or even permanent vision loss if it goes untreated. But did you now that there are two specific types of macular degeneration? Let’s take a closer look at wet and dry macular degeneration.
Dry Macular Degeneration
Dry macular degeneration is typically the kind of macular degeneration that people talk about because it’s more common. Dry macular degeneration affects patients who are in their 50’s and 60’s, which is why it’s typically referred to as age-related MD. As your eyes start to age, the macula becomes thinner and thinner, which eventually causes them to atrophy. When this type of atrophy occurs, it can lead to blurred vision.
Wet Macular degeneration
About 10 percent of patients who have dry macular degeneration will develop wet macular degeneration at some point. This specific kind is caused when new, weak blood vessels form in the choroid layer just behind the retina. Because they are so weak, they leak fluid into the macula, which then causes scar tissue to form and makes the retinal cells stop working.
Depending on the type of macular degeneration that you have and how advanced it is, we will determine which treatment route is the best way to go. Typically, we start out with some oral supplements and a change in diet. Then, from there, we may recommend some more aggressive treatments lie laser therapy or even corrective lenses.
If you have macular degeneration, we are here to help you every step of the way from diagnosis to recovery. If you want to learn more about treatment or if you want to schedule your appointment, contact our San Diego area offices and call (619) 425-7755.