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Do wet and dry macular degeneration create the same problems?
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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Not exactly
Both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration cause decrease in central vision.
Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant.

In brief: Not exactly
Both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration cause decrease in central vision.
Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant.
Dr. Samuel Barone
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Dr. Abdul Khan
Ophthalmology
In brief: Yes and no.
Dry macular degeneration (amd) and wet amd both affect central vision.
However, the mechanism by which the loss of vision occurs is different. Dry amd causes pigmentary change and thinning (atrophy) in the tissue, whereas wet amd results from either fluid leakage from blood vessels or actual blood hemorrhage in the tissue. Generally, dry amd causes milder vision loss, and wet amd is more severe.

In brief: Yes and no.
Dry macular degeneration (amd) and wet amd both affect central vision.
However, the mechanism by which the loss of vision occurs is different. Dry amd causes pigmentary change and thinning (atrophy) in the tissue, whereas wet amd results from either fluid leakage from blood vessels or actual blood hemorrhage in the tissue. Generally, dry amd causes milder vision loss, and wet amd is more severe.
Dr. Abdul Khan
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