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When a doctor refers to water behind the eye when talking about macular degeneration, what does it mean?
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Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Swelling
Most likely this is referring to swelling of the retina.
Many times with wet macular degeneration one can have swelling or bleeding in the retina causing decreased vision.

In brief: Swelling
Most likely this is referring to swelling of the retina.
Many times with wet macular degeneration one can have swelling or bleeding in the retina causing decreased vision.
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Bleeding, fluid-both
"water" refers to leaking of fluid or blood from normal blood vessels, (that are supposed to be there) but are leaking due to injury, closure of the normal circulation or inflammation.
"the normal pipes are leaky." this can occur in diabetes, uveitis, and retinal vein occlusions. Water can also be due to abnormal leakage from newly forming blood vessels as in age related macular degeneration.

In brief: Bleeding, fluid-both
"water" refers to leaking of fluid or blood from normal blood vessels, (that are supposed to be there) but are leaking due to injury, closure of the normal circulation or inflammation.
"the normal pipes are leaky." this can occur in diabetes, uveitis, and retinal vein occlusions. Water can also be due to abnormal leakage from newly forming blood vessels as in age related macular degeneration.
Dr. Bruce Saran
Dr. Bruce Saran
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Dr. Colin McCannel
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hard to know
for sure. However, the doctor is likely referring to the fluid from the wet macular degeneration.
The fluid is what oozes out of abnormal vessels that are part of wet macular degeneration, and what the name is based on. Modern therapies can dry up the fluid, and preserve vision. The fluid, and tissue that oozes it can have devastating effects on vision\, if untreated.

In brief: Hard to know
for sure. However, the doctor is likely referring to the fluid from the wet macular degeneration.
The fluid is what oozes out of abnormal vessels that are part of wet macular degeneration, and what the name is based on. Modern therapies can dry up the fluid, and preserve vision. The fluid, and tissue that oozes it can have devastating effects on vision\, if untreated.
Dr. Colin McCannel
Dr. Colin McCannel
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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Leakage or bleeding
The fluid referred to in in the back of the eye (retina), not behind the eye.
It refers to leakage or bleeding arising from retinal blood vessels.

In brief: Leakage or bleeding
The fluid referred to in in the back of the eye (retina), not behind the eye.
It refers to leakage or bleeding arising from retinal blood vessels.
Dr. William Dieck
Dr. William Dieck
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