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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration can happen to anyone, and certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include smoking, family history of macular degeneration, an unhealthy diet, and age over 50. 

Macular degeneration is broadly divided into two categories: "dry" (non-exudative) and "wet" (exudative). 


Typically, in the early stages of macular degeneration, deposits called drusen are noted in the retina. With time, the number of drusen may increase and areas in the retina may atrophy. These are considered "dry" or non-exudative changes.

Some patients with "dry" macular degeneration will develop fluid or bleeding in the retina, which is called "wet" or exudative macular degeneration. 

Management of macular degeneration ranges from observation to risk factor modification to oral supplements to eye injections. Your physician will tailor a plan for you based on your specific needs.

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