Macular degeneration

eye disease caused by degeneration of the cells of the macula lutea and results in blurred vision; can cause blindness

2 types:

  1. wet
  2. dry

  • In the wet (exudative) form, which is more severe, blood vessels grow up from the choroid behind the retina.
  • The retina can also become detached.
  •  In the dry (nonexudative) form, cellular debris called drusen accumulate between the retina and the choroid.
  • The retina can become detached.

Treatment:

laser coagulation

medication that stops and sometimes reverses the growth of blood vessels

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