Macular degeneration grade

Dr. Dahr will examine your retina and can tell you your macular degeneration grade. The four grades for macular degeneration are:

1. No age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

2. Early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). People with early AMD have, in one or both eyes, either several small drusen or a few medium-sized drusen; these people do not have vision loss from AMD.

3. Intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD). People with intermediate AMD have, in one or both eyes, either many medium-sized drusen or one or more large drusen; in these people, there is usually little or no vision loss.

4. Advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In addition to drusen, people with advanced AMD have, in one or both eyes, either a breakdown of light-sensitive cells and supporting tissue in the central retinal area (advanced dry form) or abnormal and fragile blood vessels under the retina that can leak fluid or bleed (wet form).

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