Animation of Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration

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Age Related Macular Degeneration affects the dark area of the retina shown here, known as the macula. There are two types of AMD, dry and wet. There is also an advanced dry form called geographic atrophy. The dry is caused by the accumulation of debris called drusen, which first builds up in one eye. Usually both eyes can develop the disease. The dry form of age related macular degeneration may turn into the more serious wet form, characterized by the creation of many new blood vessels and bleeding in the macula. The advanced wet and dry types of the disease lead to the gradual loss of one’s central vision while peripheral vision remains intact.

If you had AMD and were looking at this image, this is what you might see, a blurred center with more sharpness on the sides.