Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wet Macular Degeneration Types

The two types of macular degeneration include:

  • Dry macular degeneration (age-related or non-exudative)
  • Wet macular degeneration (exudative)

Dry Macular Degeneration
  • Most common type
  • Caused by aging and thinning of the tissues of the macula
  • Loss of vision is gradual.
  • Major cause of blindness in Americans over 65 years of age

Wet Macular Degeneration
  • Caused by abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye
  • Less common but more severe than dry macular degeneration
  • Accounts for fewer than 10% of all cases of macular degeneration
  • Causes vision loss and blindness

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Last Updated: Jan 25, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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