Fast Five Quiz: Exudative (Wet) Age-Related Macular Degeneration Presentation and Diagnosis

F. Ryan Prall, MD


February 16, 2021

Figure 1. Wet age-related macular degeneration, illustration.

Patients with exudative AMD typically present with subretinal fluid, RPE detachments, subretinal hemorrhage, and choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Occasionally, subretinal lipid deposits may be present.

Painless, progressive blurring or distortion of their central vision is often described by patients who present with exudative AMD; this can be acute or insidious in onset. However, among patients who develop subretinal hemorrhage from CNV, the onset of vision impairment is usually acute.

Most cases of AMD occur bilaterally, but often, the resultant visual impairment is not symmetric. Peripheral visual acuity is normally retained.

Learn more about the presentation of exudative AMD.


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