Wet Vs. Dry Macular Degeneration Explained

Your eyes are a wondrous piece of human design that allows us to perceive the world as we know it. However, macular degeneration can impede your vision and cause adverse effects. You may already know of macular degeneration, but are you familiar with the difference between wet and dry macular degeneration? Let’s explore them together.

Wet vs. Dry Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration, which is commonly referred to as macular degeneration, is a condition that affects the retina’s central portion, causing it to deteriorate. The retina is the inner part of the eye responsible for receiving light and transmitting images to the optic nerve. The optic nerve then sends these images to the brain to process as vision.

The macula, also known as central retinal cells, is responsible for transferring light to the optic nerve. When it deteriorates, central vision is affected, resulting in difficulty reading, driving, watching television, or seeing detailed objects. No information has been omitted in the paraphrased text. That being said, it’s important to understand the difference between wet and dry macular degeneration to know what treatment is best for you.

Wet Macular Degeneration

A chronic eye condition is known as wet macular degeneration results in central vision impairment or blind spots. The macula, which enables clear vision in the line of sight, is affected by blood or fluid leakage from blood vessels.

It is one of two forms of age-related macular degeneration, with the dry type being more widespread and less severe. The wet type typically evolves from the dry type. Detecting and treating wet macular degeneration at an early stage may help prevent vision loss and, in certain cases, even restore vision.

Dry Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration in its dry form is a progressive vision loss that is caused by the gradual aging of the macula, which is part of the retina responsible for clear vision. It can affect one or both eyes and may start in one before developing in the other. As the condition progresses, performing everyday activities such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces can make it difficult.

However, it is important to note that dry macular degeneration does not necessarily result in complete vision loss. While central vision may be affected, peripheral vision is generally retained. The extent of central vision loss can vary from mild to severe, depending on the individual.

Getting Treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to preserving as much vision as possible with Macular Degeneration. Dr. Stuart Sondheimer, in Chicago, IL, brings almost 40 years of experience toward ensuring you get the most out of your vision. So if you’re concerned about your vision or have questions about your macular degeneration, call 847-677-2794 today. Our team is here to help!

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