Wet Macular Degeneration Info
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among Americans age 65 and over. This eye disease often causes blurring of the sharp, central vision needed for "straight-ahead" activities, such as reading. Of the two types of macular degeneration (dry and wet), the wet form is more serious -- it is also more rare, occurring in only about 10 percent of people with this condition.
With wet macular degeneration, the classic early symptom is straight lines appearing crooked. Another symptom is the appearance of a small blind spot, resulting in a loss of central vision.
Although there is no cure, many treatment options, such as injections and photodynamic therapy, are available to help preserve remaining vision.
(For more info on this topic, including factors that increase your risk of developing it, click Wet Macular Degeneration.)