The Difference Between Wet and Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

It has been estimated that there are roughly 10 million Americans who are affected with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In fact, it is currently the leading cause of vision loss among seniors in the United States.

Here at our Fairbanks eye care practice, we have also noticed that an increasing number of patients are also complaining of blurred vision, one of the primary signs of AMD. However, not all individuals with blurred vision have AMD though.

Wet vs. Dry AMD

By and large, AMD has to do with defects in the macula, a part of your eye’s retina that is responsible for central vision such as when you’re driving or reading. There are two forms of AMD: dry and wet.

Dry AMD is characterized by the following:

  • blurred spot in one’s central field of vision
  • the need to have more light when looking closely at objects
  • print that tend to go blurry when read closely
  • haziness of vision
  • colors tend to appear less bright

Wet AMD is characterized by the following:

  • objects may appear far or smaller than usual
  • loss of central vision
  • straight lines may appear wavy
  • more abrupt blind spot than that of dry AMD

Dry AMD is more common than wet AMD. The latter almost always lead to a more serious type of vision loss. Majority of individuals with wet AMD begin with symptoms of dry AMD.

Your Personalized AMD Treatment Plan at theMountain View Medical Center

Allow us to help you come up with an individualized AMD treatment plan! In addition, our Macular Degeneration Support Group is our way of serving the greater Fairbanks community in educating and supporting those with macular degeneration.

Get in touch with us today by calling (907) 328-2920 or by filling out this contact form. We look forward to helping you improve your vision and consequently make your life better!


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