Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dry age-related Macular Degeneration early and mid-points, had a similar wet stage it?

If dry age-related macular degeneration affects only one eye to your vision, you may not notice a significant change, because the other eye vision is good, you can still drive, read, and understand the details; only age-related macular degeneration involving when your eyes will notice changes in vision. If you have blurred vision, you should go to ophthalmology comprehensive dilated fundus examination.

No. Wet age-related macular degeneration is the advanced age-related macular degeneration.

What is wet age-related macular degeneration?

Wet age-related macular degeneration is also known as neovascular or exudative age-related macular degeneration, abnormal vascular proliferation of choroidal neovascularization and retinal pigment epithelium through.

Since neovascularization more vulnerable, easy bleeding or leakage of blood components, leading to retinal detachment, macular edema, and cause visual distortion or blind spots are formed, and then decreased vision, so wet age-related macular degeneration is a serious affect vision, everyday life and disease activity.

With the development of wet age-related macular degeneration, rapid loss of central vision, patients may blindness in 2-3 months, and wet age-related macular degeneration can be said to be a late old age-related macular degeneration, far more than the severity of dry age-related macular degeneration.

Wet age-related macular degeneration what are the main symptoms?

Wet age-related macular degeneration is the early symptoms of visual distortion, advanced vision loss, blurred object seen; the whole field of view is not bright colors, the contrast is reduced; see middle dim or dark center of the object point, if your this vision changes or other conditions, should be immediate to the eye doctor, you need to complete a detailed eye examination.

Wet age-related macular degeneration in the end how serious?

Wet age-related macular degeneration caused more severe visual impairment, accounting for age-related macular degeneration causes severe visual impairment of 90%. Wet age-related macular degeneration patients with decreased vision, visual distortion and other symptoms of central scotoma serious impact on daily life skills, such as walking, cooking, housework, shopping and phone calls.

Wet age-related macular degeneration disease progression is rapid, blinding rate, patients and society a heavy mental and economic burden. A study abroad show: the burden of disease wet age-related macular degeneration and even more than AIDS and cancer.

Seriously impair vision limits the ability of life of elderly patients, reducing their self-confidence or sense of independence, but also psychological health problems.

The results of research showed that patients with low vision, difficulty in facial recognition and other life-related goals significantly increased, and the visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and reduce the useful visual field loss, so their ability to independently perform daily household activities were seriously affected.

The performance of commodity tag does not recognize, you cannot determine the location of items. Visual dysfunction, the elderly prone to fractures, with poor visual function will increase the cost of home care.

A study at the University of Birmingham, the United States showed that the development of visual impairment from mild to severe vision loss, the annual economic burden of patients will substantially increase from $ 3300 to nearly $ 40,000, an increase of nearly 12 times, where most of the costs are due home care, trauma and psychological recovery and generate indirect costs.

With the severity of age-related macular degeneration increases investigations related vision quality of life and lower scores. A visual function questionnaire (NEIVFQ-25) showed that, reduce the quality of life of patients with age-related macular degeneration is often underestimated.

Age-related macular degeneration can lead to quality of life in patients by 17% to 63% decline, the result with certain systemic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and cerebrovascular close. Brody and other studies of 151 cases of age-related macular degeneration patients, about one-third of patients with varying degrees of depression, which is twice the community elderly.

Rovner and other 51 cases of age-related macular degeneration patients prospective study found that 33% of patients suffering from depression, and poor vision; at the same time accompanied by systemic vision associated with physiological dysfunction, with depressive symptoms increase, depending on the dysfunction is more obvious.

These psychological problems derived from patients who in the past could not be completed and can be completed on their very worthwhile activities, such as reading and walking, unable to recognize family and friends, the fear of blindness, high medical costs. An important reason in everyday life of the family and increasing social dependence and psychological barriers generated.

Dry age-related macular degeneration and wet age-related macular degeneration, which is more common?

Dry age-related macular degeneration is more common. All middle and late age-related macular degeneration dry age-related macular degeneration than 85%. However, in advanced age-related macular degeneration, which is about two-thirds of wet age-related macular degeneration, and almost all vision loss from advanced age-related macular degeneration, so wet age-related macular degeneration than dry age-related macular degeneration lead to more loss of vision.

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