Wet macular degeneration is the most severe form of AMD. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a signal protein produced by cells that stimulates the formation of new blood vessels. These cause distortion of vision and, if left untreated, lead to scarring and permanent loss of sight. Treatment with anti-VEGF drugs can halt the growth of these blood vessels and prevent further damage. However,any delay in organising a visit to an eye specialist can lead to permanent visual loss.
We have a growing team of scientists identifying the causes of this disease. Clinical trials are also in progress to identify and improve treatment options.
Signs of Wet AMD
Signs of Wet AMD include:
- Sudden blurring of central vision
- Distortion of vision e.g. the side of a door frame has a kink in it when it should be straight
- Objects looking smaller or bigger than they should be
What to do if you think you have wet AMD
If you think you have wet AMD you need urgent medical assessment. You should either go to your local eye emergency department or see your family doctor or optometrist urgently so you can be referred appropriately to a specialist AMD clinic.