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What is AMD?
AMD is the deterioration of the part of your eye that is responsible for your central vision. Central vision is what you use for looking straight ahead (ie: reading, driving, looking at people’s faces, etc). This part of your eye is called the “macula”. The macula is about the size of the head of a pin and is on the inside surface at the back of your eye. This entire inside surface at the back of your eye is called the retina. The retina acts like the film in a camera; it responds to light that enters through the lens of your eye and allows your brain to form a picture. The macula is the most sensitive part of this film.

When you have AMD, the macula portion of your retina does not respond properly to the light coming in. It’s like the film is not working properly.

There are two types of AMD, Wet and Dry.


DRY AMD
Dry AMD affects approximately 10 million people in the US. It is a slow deterioration of the macula. It is called dry because, like a worn out rug, the macula becomes thin and dried out. It takes many years for dry AMD to progress. Studies have shown that a proper diet and quitting smoking helps the macula stay healthier longer and helps maintain the proper blood supply to the area.

WHY TESTING IS IMPORTANT!!
Patients with Dry AMD are at the highest risk for getting Wet AMD. Wet AMD can progress in a matter of days or weeks and rapidly destroy your central vision. This is why it is so important to monitor your vision on a regular basis. Many patients with Dry AMD fail to recognize when their vision deteriorates because of Wet AMD and suffer with unnecessary vision loss when it could be stopped or reversed with available drug treatments.

WET AMD
Wet AMD affects approximately 1.5 million people in the US. It is a rapid disruption of the macula. It is called wet because, like a weed growing up through a sidewalk, new blood vessels begin to grow where they are not needed. And just as a weed can bulge and crack a sidewalk, a new blood vessel can bulge and perforate the “film” of your retina. Studies have shown that a number of treatments can help stop and reverse Wet AMD, so there is hope.

WHY TESTING IS IMPORTANT!!
Patients with Wet AMD need to keep a close eye on their vision to understand if it is changing so that they can seek treatment. Patients with Dry AMD need to monitor their vision and be wary for the onset of Wet AMD in order to seek quick treatment from their Eye Doctor or Retina Specialist.

Patients with Wet AMD need to keep a close eye on their vision to understand if it is changing so that they can seek treatment. Patients with Dry AMD need to monitor their vision and be wary for the onset of Wet AMD in order to seek quick treatment from their Eye Doctor or Retina Specialist.