What is wAMD and how does it affect vision?

Click on the links below to learn more about wet AMD.

What is wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD)?

Wet AMD can cause blurred vision or blind spots in the center of your vision.

  • Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow under the  macula (MAK-yu-luh) and  retina (reh-TIN-uh)
  • Abnormal vessels leak blood and fluid, causing problems with vision when looking straight ahead
  • Wet AMD is a leading cause of blindness in Americans older than 60
  • Side or peripheral vision is rarely affected by wet AMD

What are the symptoms of wet AMD?

Wet AMD symptoms can come on and worsen quickly.

You may notice the following symptoms:

  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Straight lines appearing wavy
  • Objects appearing as the wrong shape or size
  • Inability to see clear, correct colors
  • A dark, empty area in the center of vision
  • Difficulty reading, driving, watching TV, or doing other daily tasks

>> Watch the video below to see how wet AMD can change vision over time 

This video is meant to show you a range of symptoms you may experience. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity level of the disease and will be unique for each person. If you experience any problems with vision, contact your Retina Specialist right away.

What are risk factors for wet AMD?

The exact cause of wet AMD is unknown.

Risk factors include:

Lifestyle choices like lack of exercise or unhealthy diets, or other factors like uncontrolled blood pressure or cholesterol may also increase the risk of wet AMD. Wet AMD is also more common in Caucasian people.

If you think you are experiencing problems with vision from wet AMD, make an appointment with a Retina Specialist right away.

If you do not have a Retina Specialist, ask your primary care physician or ophthalmologist about a referral.

Patient support for people with wet AMD

Or call 1-866-LUCENTIS (1-866-582-3684), Monday through Friday, 9 AM-8 PM ET.

Learn more about what happens in eyes with wet AMD