doesn't cure wet
age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), but it can sometimes slow down or prevent further loss
of central vision. Early surgery is vital to slowing
down vision loss, which can be rapid.
But laser surgery is an option for less than one-fourth of people
who have wet AMD.4 It is often hard to know in advance whether
the surgery will do more harm than good.
Age-related macular degeneration can be detected in a routine eye exam. One of the most common early signs of macular degeneration is the presence of drusen -- tiny yellow deposits under the retina. Your doctor can see these when examining your eyes. Your doctor may also ask you to look at an Amsler grid -- a pattern of straight lines that resemble a checkerboard. Some of the straight lines may appear wavy to you, or you may notice that some of the lines are missing. These can be signs of macular...
By the time many people are
diagnosed with wet AMD, it is often too late for surgery to provide much
benefit. Even with treatment, many people will still go on to lose more of
their central vision.
Currently, surgery is not used to treat
dry AMD. Laser surgery to remove deposits called
drusen may slow vision loss in people with dry AMD,
but experts think that it may increase the chance of developing wet AMD.
Researchers are currently doing studies to see if this is an effective