Wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) diagnosis

There is no cure for wAMD, so early diagnosis is one of the most important steps in managing the disease. A healthcare professional specializing in eye care will be able to make the diagnosis.

For this reason, it is very important to seek the care of a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating wAMD as soon as possible.

Who can diagnose and treat wAMD?

  • Optometrists are doctors who primarily focus on vision and eye health; they can identify conditions like wAMD and provide referrals to the specialists who treat it
  • Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in vision care and are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from eye exams to eye surgery and wAMD treatment
  • Retina specialists are ophthalmologists who have gone on to receive additional training in diseases of the retina and are highly skilled in both surgery and treatment of diseases that involve the delicate structures inside the eye, including wAMD
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Tips for living with wAMD

Increasing contrast

Black ink or felt pens rather than ballpoint pens can be helpful when you are writing, and if you need to sign something, draw a dark line for your signature.

wAMD tests

There are several common tests that eye care professionals use to detect and identify the extent of wAMD.

Visual acuity test

During this test, you will read letters from an eye chart to measure how well you see at different distances

Amsler grid

In this test, you will look at series of grid lines to help you tell if you experience distortions in your central vision

Dilated eye exam

During this test, your doctor will place drops in your eyes that widen your pupils. With a magnifying glass, your doctor can see the back of your eye clearly and check for any problems

Fluorescein angiography (FA)

This test takes images of the eye to evaluate the blood flow in the back of the retina, which can affect the type of treatment you need

Optical coherence tomography (OCT)

This test uses a special camera to take cross-section images of the eye and measure the thickness of the retina to identify the extent of damage within the eye

If you plan on talking to a healthcare professional, this Questions for my Doctor PDF will help you with questions you may have during your appointment. Then, if you are diagnosed with wAMD, it's a good idea to learn as much as you can about your condition before proceeding with treatment.