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Diagnosis of Macular Degeneration

Macula Degeneration is normally diagnosed by an examination of the retina by an eye-doctor.

The dry form of macular degeneration represents about 90% of all cases and is an early stage of the disease. It is diagnosed by looking for the presence of Drusden, these are yellow spots that are deposits or debris from deteriorating tissue, primarily in the area of the macula. In 10 to 15% of cases the disease progresses to the more serious “wet” form and is normally associated with the formation of abnormal blood vessels beneath the retina. These new blood vessels are very fragile and leak fluid or blood causing scarring and rapid sight loss. With a positive diagnosis the eye doctor will normally schedule regular check-ups to evaluate changes in the degree of damage to your retina. It may be necessary to take photographs of each macula in order to compare the photos with future examinations.

The is currently no FDA approved treatment for Macular Degeneration