Understanding Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that impacts the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision and is a leading cause of blindness in people age 60 and over.1 Wet AMD is an advanced form of the disease that can cause rapid and severe vision loss.2

A Growing Disease

PREVALENCE OF AMD

Approximately 11 million Americans have some form of macular degeneration, while 1.1 million or 10% of those Americans have wet AMD2

IMPACT OF WET AMD

90% of AMD-related severe vision loss is caused by wet AMD,2 and about 200,000 new cases of wet AMD are diagnosed each year in the U.S.3

Effect of Wet AMD on Your Eye2

Damage can lead to rapid and severe vision loss

Abnormal blood vessels form within the retina

The blood vessels leak blood or fluid in the macula, causing swelling or damage

Impact on Everyday Vision

Wet AMD may impact the ability to:4

SEE OR RECOGNIZE FACES
READ AND WRITE
DRIVE
WATCH TV

Signs and Symptoms

Wet AMD can typically appear suddenly and progress quickly.5 Symptoms typically include:6

SUDDEN BLURRED VISION
BLIND SPOTS DEVELOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD OF VISION
DIFFICULTY DISTINGUISHING COLORS
EDGES OR LINES APPEAR WAVY

AMD Risk Factors7

AGE
OBESITY
FAMILY HISTORY
GENDER

Women are at a higher risk for AMD

RACE

Caucasians are more likely to develop AMD

SMOKING

Increases risk by 2-5 times

Annual Dilated Retina Eye Exam

Visit a retina specialist annually for a dilated retina eye exam. It’s the best way to detect changes in vision.

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