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Her optometrist referred
Jane to a retina specialist

who had the equipment and training to find out
exactly what was happening to Jane’s vision.

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Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Diagnosis

There is no cure for wet AMD, so early diagnosis is one of the most important steps in managing the disease. A healthcare professional specializing in eye care will be able to make the diagnosis.

Testing for wet AMD by your eye care professional is the most important first step. If you have experienced any of the wet AMD symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye care professional as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment may very well save your vision!

In as little as 3 months, wet AMD can cause scarring and rob the vision of those affected if they are not receiving effective treatment. The sooner a person with wet AMD is diagnosed, the more likely he or she is to preserve and/or restore vision.

Twenty years ago, I was told I had a spot on my eye. I was never told that it could be wet AMD.

— Jane
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Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Tests

A series of tests performed by a specialized eye doctor called a retina specialist will determine whether a person has wet AMD. Because factors such as genetics and lifestyle play a role, testing will start with a complete medical history. Then, your retina specialist will likely perform the following tests:

  • Visual acuity test
    During this test, you will read letters from an eye chart to measure how well you see at different distances
  • Amsler grid
    In this test, you will look at series of grid lines to help you tell if you experience distortions in your central vision—a wet AMD symptom
  • Dilated eye exam
    During this test, your doctor will place drops in your eyes that widen your pupils. With a magnifying glass, your doctor can see the back of your eye clearly and check for any problems
  • Fluorescein angiogram
    Your doctor gives you an injection that contains dye. Pictures are taken as this dye goes through blood vessels in your eye. This allows your doctor to see any blood vessels that are leaking

If you plan on having these tests, this Discussion Guide will help you with questions you may have during your appointment. Then, if you are diagnosed with wet AMD, it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about your condition before proceeding with treatment.

I think people with wet AMD need to see their doctors more than once a year—wet AMD can progress rapidly.

— Jane

Tips for living with wet AMD

Increasing contrast

Black ink or felt pens rather than ballpoint pens can be helpful when you are writing, and if you need to sign something, draw a dark line for your signature. Use white dishes that are easier to see.

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