Wet Macular Degeneration


Macular degeneration, or MD, refers to a group of conditions that cause damage to the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. MD is usually associated with ageing, and is the leading cause of blindness in Australia, affecting one in three people over the age of 75.

There are two types of MD: wet and dry. Wet MD occurs when the blood vessels responsible for collecting waste products grow into the retina, leaking fluid and blood, which cause progressive scarring. Left undetected or untreated, wet MD usually causes rapid and severe loss of vision.

Treatment is now available for wet MD that may stabilise and even improve vision. Early detection and treatment is important, as it can have a significant impact on prognosis.

Coastal Eye Centre offers the highest standard of expertise in the detection and treatment of macular degeneration.