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How does wet macular degeneration affect your vision?

Chris White, the Group Chief Executive of the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, and ophthalmologist Mark Cahill discuss the impact of wet AMD on vision.
 

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Patient story: What it’s like to live with wet macular degeneration

Understand one woman’s experience with macular degeneration, from an initial dry macular degeneration diagnosis, to the progression to wet macular degeneration, to undergoing treatment and adapting her daily life.

How does wet macular degeneration impact your independence?

Chris White, the Group Chief Executive of the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, and ophthalmologist Mark Cahill discuss the ways wet AMD can impact independence.

Is wet macular degeneration hereditary?

Chris White, the Group Chief Executive of the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, and ophthalmologist Mark Cahill discuss whether wet AMD is hereditary.

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Genes and wet macular degeneration

Genetic predisposition is one risk factor for wet macular degeneration. Learn more about how family history and genetics play a role in the likelihood of developing the condition.

Wet Macular degeneration Affecting Both Eyes

Chris White, the Group Chief Executive of the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, and ophthalmologist Mark Cahill discuss the possibility of wet AMD manifesting in both eyes.

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The symptoms of macular degeneration may occur in one eye first. A common question is whether having macular degeneration in one eye means the other eye will be affected.

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Understanding macular degeneration

A chronic, degenerative condition affecting central vision

With macular degeneration it may be difficult to read a book, locate the edge of a curb, or recognize faces. There are two forms of macular degeneration: dry and wet. The wet form is more severe and requires treatment to help preserve vision. 

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Importance of early treatment

Why it’s critical to seek treatment early for wet macular degeneration

Receiving treatment for wet macular degeneration early is essential to maintaining your vision and the lifestyle you love.

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Exams by your ophthalmologist

The most important eye exams - with a special focus on retinal conditions

A list of the most common and critical eye exams for vision loss conditions like wet macular degeneration.

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The role of fluid in wet macular degeneration

How leaky blood vessels create a chronic, degenerative condition

If fluid isn’t controlled, central vision will gradually get worse, leading to difficulty doing everyday activities such as reading, recognizing faces and driving.

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Risk factors 
and symptoms: Wet macular degeneration

Age and family history play a role

Learn about risk factors for wet macular degeneration, and symptoms caused by the condition.