Let's Talk About Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A subset of one of the most widespread causes of vision loss in people over 50, this disease is serious, but treatable. Here’s what to know about wet AMD, so you can protect your eyesight now and in the future.

    Our Pro PanelWet AMD

    We went to some of the nation’s top retina specialists in ophthalmology to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Jason Hsu, M.D.

    Jason Hsu, M.D.Retina Specialist, Attending Surgeon

    Wills Eye Hospital
    Philadelphia, PA
    Raj Maturi, M.D.

    Raj Maturi, M.D.Retina Specialist, Clinical Associate Professor

    Indiana University School of Medicine
    Indianapolis, IN
    Timothy G. Murray, M.D.

    Timothy G. Murray, M.D.President

    American Society of Retina Specialists
    Miami, FL
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    In Your Sights: Wet AMD

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    Frequently Asked QuestionsWet AMD

    What’s the Difference Between Wet and Dry AMD?

    Dry age-related macular degeneration is the early form of AMD that has minimal to no symptoms and is slow to progress. Wet AMD is the serious, fast-progressing form of the disease, with symptoms that limit your central vision.

    What Are Some Symptoms of Wet AMD?

    Think of anything you use central vision for, and it’ll be affected by these symptoms of wet AMD (this list is not exhaustive—there are more symptoms, but these are common ones): Blurring; distortion of lines; loss of some colors; loss of some words while reading.

    Should I Take Vitamins for Wet AMD?

    You might have heard about taking vitamins for eye health. If you had dry AMD, your doctor might have put you on AREDS2, a formulation that includes lutein and zeaxanthin and has been found to reduce the progression of dry AMD by 25%. But by the time you’ve progressed to wet AMD, they’re likely not as effective.

    Is There Treatment for Wet AMD?

    Yes—while there is currently no treatment for dry AMD (though numerous clinical studies for potential treatment are in progress), there is treatment for wet AMD. And luckily, it’s very effective. Called anti-VEGF therapy, the important thing to know about this medication is it’s injected into your eye on a regular basis by a highly trained eye doctor.

    Erin L. Boyle

    Erin L. Boyle


    Erin L. Boyle, the senior editor at HealthCentral from 2016-2018, is a freelance medical writer and editor.