Wet Macular Degeneration Treatments in Albuquerque

Wet macular degeneration is a serious eye condition causing sudden blurred vision, central blind spots or distortions due to abnormal blood vessels leaking fluid in the retina. It progresses faster than its dry counterpart, requiring prompt medical attention. Early detection and treatment, including intravitreal injections, are crucial to manage symptoms and prevent severe vision loss. Regular home screening with an Amsler grid is important for early diagnosis. Contact us immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms. We provide treatment  for Wet Macular Degeneration in Albuquerque.

What is Wet Macular Degeneration?

Wet macular degeneration, also known as neovascular or exudative macular degeneration, is a serious chronic eye disorder. It primarily causes blurred vision or a blind spot in the central visual field. This condition is more acute than its counterpart, dry macular degeneration, and is marked by the growth of abnormal blood vessels beneath the macula – the part of the retina crucial for clear, direct vision.

Why is it Called 'Wet'?

The term ‘wet’ refers to the leakage from these new, abnormal blood vessels. They release fluid and blood into the retina, causing swelling and damage. This leads to notable vision changes, such as wavy lines, blind spots, and loss of central vision. Symptoms can develop rapidly and worsen swiftly, making early detection and intervention vital.


Risk Factors

The exact cause of wet macular degeneration is not fully understood, but it’s three major risk factors include age (common in those over 60), smoking, and genetics.


If you are experiencing loss of central vision, blank spots or distortions in either eye it is urgent that you contact us or your eye doctor for an urgent evaluation. These symptoms are most easily detected at home with the help of an Amsler grid while closing either eye.


Diagnosis is achieved through a comprehensive eye exam, utilizing tools like Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and fluorescein angiography. These techniques allow detailed examination of the retina and its blood vessels.

Treatment Options

The good news is that treatments exist to effectively treat wet macular degeneration.  The treatments involve the injection of a medicine that halt the growth of these abnormal vessels and prevent further leakage. While there is no cure, these treatments, along with regular monitoring, can effectively manage the condition and even restore some vision loss.

Living with Wet Macular Degeneration

Managing this condition can be challenging, and may require regular visits to see your retina specialist. Thanks to treatment advancements, paired with early detection patients are generally able to live normal lives and maintain their central vision.

For those affected and their loved ones, comprehending the complexities of wet macular degeneration is essential.

At our clinic, we are committed to providing comprehensive care and support for those living with wet macular degeneration. We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and offering the latest treatment options to help manage this condition effectively.