Wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) is a condition that affects an area at the back of the eye called the macula. It happens when abnormal blood vessels develop in the macula, causing swelling and bleeding that may eventually lead to scarring and vision loss.1

The macula is important for the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving and recognising faces.2 In wet AMD, the centre of your vision may become distorted, blurry or obscured by a blank patch.1

Wet AMD can develop very suddenly and require urgent treatment,1 so it’s important to know how to spot the signs early.

Where can I find more information on wet AMD?

The following organisations are sources for support, advice and information.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Support, advice and information for those living with sight loss
Helpline: 0303 123 9999
Mon–Fri 8am–8pm, Sat 9am–1pm

The Macular Society
Advice and support, including free confidential counselling, for people with macular degeneration
Helpline: 0300 303 0111
Mon–Fri 9am–5pm

Age UK
Support services, including day centres, befriending schemes and transport, for older people in the UK
Helpline: 0800 678 1602
Mon–Sun 8am–7pm



  1. Royal National Institute of Blind People. Understanding age-related macular degeneration. Available at: https://www.rnib.org.uk/sites/default/files/Understanding_AMD_2019.pdf [Accessed February 2020].
  2. Holekamp NM. Am J Manag Care. 2019; 25: S172–S181.
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