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Learn more about our focus on retinal diseases through the articles and links below.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
At a Glance: AMD
Later Symptoms: Loss of the central vision you need to see details straight ahead, blurry or wavy areas in your central vision
Two Types of AMD: Wet and Dry
Most people with AMD have dry AMD (also called atrophic AMD). This is when the macula gets thinner with age. Dry AMD happens in 3 stages: early, intermediate, and late. It usually progresses slowly over several years. There’s no treatment for late dry AMD, but you can find ways to make the most of your remaining vision. And if you have late dry AMD in only 1 eye, you can take steps to protect your other eye.
Wet AMD (also called advanced neovascular AMD), is a less common type of late AMD that usually causes faster vision loss. Any stage of dry AMD can turn into wet AMD — but wet AMD is always late stage. It happens when abnormal blood vessels grow in the back of the eye and damage the macula. The good news is that treatment options are available for wet AMD.
Source: National Eye Institute
At a Glance: Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic Macular Edema
At a Glance: Diabetic Macular Edema
At a Glance: Retinitis Pigmentosa
At a Glance: Stargardt Disease
At a Glance: Geographic Atrophy
Later Symptoms: Missing some letters while reading or finding that small portions of a person’s face cannot be seen, needing extra light for reading, having trouble doing things in the dark, colors appear muted
Treatment: There is currently no effective treatment for slowing geographic atrophy or reversing the effects of the condition.
However, if the geographic atrophy is somewhat off-center and has not compromised the detailed vision associated with the fovea (the region of the eye with the highest quality vision), your provider may recommend visual rehabilitation.
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