Macular Degeneration: The Terms You Need To Know

Have you or someone you know recently been diagnosed with Age-Related Macular Degeneration? You may be feeling frightened, angry or upset. Like most people, you probably don’t know a whole lot about the condition. You may be confused as to what is going on inside your eyes and you’re not alone. According to the Macular Degeneration Association, approximately 9.1 million people in the United States older than 40 suffer from AMD. [1]

As with many medical conditions, Age-Related Macular Degeneration is surrounded by a plethora of unfamiliar health and medical terms.  Often, medical jargon can make a new ailment seem even more foreign and quite frankly, even scarier. That is why we have compiled a list of terms and definitions for patients who are newly diagnosed with AMD.

Reference the following guide of common terms associated with AMD to help you better understand the condition:

Advanced macular degeneration: The loss of central vision in one or both of the eyes.

Amsler grid: A test that consists of straight lines, with a reference dot in the middle. This test should be completed daily to help monitor vision and detect any changes.

Atrophic macular degeneration: Also known as “dry” macular degeneration and accounts for about 90% of cases of MD. Atrophic MD is less destructive and often develops slowly.

Choroidal neovascularization: Also known as “wet” macular degeneration. Wet MD occurs when irregular blood vessels shape in the macula. Such blood vessels leak blood and other fluids into the retina. Vision loss is more rapid than in dry MD.

Drusen: “Yellowish” spots that form beneath the retina. These are the preamble to dry macular degeneration. Doctors may monitor drusen number and growth to determine AMD risk.

Exudative macular degeneration: See Choroidal neovascularization .

Lutein: A carotenoid vitamin sometimes known as “the eye vitamin”. Lutein is imperative in slowing or preventing eye diseases such as AMD.

Macula: The area of the retina accountable for central vision.

Retina: Light-sensitive tissue covering the back of the eye.

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[1]http://www.maculardegenerationassociation.org/aboutmd/facts.aspx

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