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

F. Ryan Prall, MD


November 04, 2020

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

Patients with wet AMD present with subretinal fluid, RPE detachments, subretinal hemorrhage, choroidal neovascularization (CNV), and, on occasion, subretinal lipid deposits.

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 signs and symptoms of wet AMD.


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