Fast Five Quiz: Exudative (Wet) Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

F. Ryan Prall, MD


October 15, 2020

Exudative (wet) age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a subretinal ocular disease that can lead to visual disturbances and, if untreated, to loss of central vision and legal blindness.

Worldwide, the number of cases of AMD has been projected to increase from 178 million in 2016 to more than 243 million by 2030. Nonexudative (dry) AMD affects more than 1 in 10 people aged 65-74 years, and almost 20% have signs of AMD after age 75. Around 10%-20% of cases progress to the exudative form. As the proportion of individuals aged 85 years or older is predicted to increase, the burden of wet AMD will grow accordingly.

After presentation with usually painless visual disturbance, diagnosis of wet AMD requires several established imaging techniques. Drug treatments, principally using antiangiogenic drugs, and interventions using lasers or surgery can help slow the progression of wet AMD. However, there is currently no cure for this debilitating condition, and treatment adherence can be poor.

How much do you know about the presentation, risk factors, diagnosis, and management of wet AMD? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.


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