Wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) is a chronic eye condition caused by abnormal blood vessel growth in the macula.1 Leakage from these new vessels allows blood and fluid to seep into the retina2; if left untreated, this can lead to severe, irreversible loss of central vision.1

Patients with wet AMD may find that their central vision is blurred, distorted or obscured by a blank patch.3 They may experience difficulties with reading, driving or recognising faces.1

Wet AMD accounts for 10–15% of cases of AMD, with patients often having progressed from the dry form of the disease. However, unlike dry AMD, wet AMD develops rapidly and requires urgent treatment.3

Prompt diagnosis and treatment of wet AMD is vital. In line with recommendations from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the time from diagnosis to treatment should be no longer than 2 weeks.4

AMD, age-related macular degeneration.

References

  1. Holekamp NM. Am J Manag Care. 2019; 25: S172–S181.
  2. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): Overview. 2006. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK315804/#_NBK315804_pubdet_ [Accessed February 2020].
  3. 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].
  4. The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Commissioning better eye care. Age-related macular degeneration, version: 1. 2013. Available at: https://www.rcophth.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/AMD-guidance-25-11-13-2013_PROF_262.pdf [Accessed February 2020].
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