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Wet macular degeneration

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Wet macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is a painless eye condition that leads to the gradual loss of central vision (the ability to see what is directly in front of you).

Macular degeneration occurs when the macula (the part of the eye that is responsible for central vision) is unable to function as effectively as it used to. Macular degeneration does not affect the peripheral vision, which means that the condition will not cause complete blindness. There are two types of macular degeneration:

  • Dry macular degeneration affects the eyes gradually.
  • Wet macular degeneration can develop very quickly, and is more serious than dry macular degeneration.

Definition from NHS Choices: Wet macular degeneration

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