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Macular Degeneration: WET

Macular degeneration is a condition where the retinal pigment layer deteriorates, leading to other problems under and in the sensory layer of the retina.

Wet Macular Degeneration

The "wet" form occurs when the pigment layer deteriorates so badly that it allows swelling fluid or blood from the "choroid" (beneath the pigment layer) to ooze through the pigment layer to the space under the sensory retina. The oozing blood vessels are called "choroidal neovascularization." In the last few years, many patients with this aggressive form of macular degeneration have been stabilized by treatment, and maintain useful reading vision. In the past, treatment was really not very effective.

Treatment for Wet Macular Degeneration

In addition to the measures for dry macular degeneration, periodic injections of Lucentis or Avastin are highly effective in appropriate individuals.