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Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration

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 being diagnosed by 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 and should book to see your GP or optometrist as an early diagnosis can save sight. Local eye clinics have casualty areas so please telephone them if you are unable to contact your GP.

You may find it helpful to watch the video embedded in our front 'eye conditions' page.