• Do you have wet AMD for life?


    Question:

    Once diagnosed with wet AMD (age-related macular degeneration), do you have the condition for life and do the blood vessels behind the retina ever heal?


    Answer:

    There are two types of wet AMD: active and inactive. Once you are diagnosed with wet AMD, you will always have either active or inactive wet AMD. Active wet AMD is when abnormal blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak blood and/or fluid. Active wet AMD is often treated with the injection of a medicine into the eye that causes the abnormal blood vessels to shrink away and the leakage to stop. Wet AMD can become inactive with treatment, which is when there is no leakage of blood or fluid beneath the retina. Inactive wet AMD does require regular check-ups with your ophthalmologist because it can become active again.


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