Wet And Dry Forms Of Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is diagnosed as either dry (non-neovascular) or wet (neovascular).

Neovascular(wet macular)

Refers to the growth of new blood vessels in an area, such as the macula, where they are not supposed to be.

Macular degeneration mainly affects central vision, causing “blind spots” directly ahead.

The dry form is more common than the wet form, with about 85 to 90 percent of AMD patients diagnosed with dry AMD. The wet form of the disease usually leads to more serious vision loss

Dry macular degeneration (non-neovascular)

Dry AMD is an early stage of the disease and may result from the aging and thinning of macular tissues, depositing of pigment in the macula or a combination of the two processes.

Dry macular degeneration is diagnosed when yellowish spots known as drusen begin to accumulate in and around the macula. It is believed these spots are deposits or debris from deteriorating tissue.