Just found out that I have AMD, saw wavy lines. What can I expect?

by Don

I was at work about 2 months ago and noticed that the vertical lines on wall tile appeared to have curves in them.


I went to an optometrist to see if I needed glasses. She checked my eyes and said it looked like I have dry AMD in one eye and possibly wet AMD in the other. She sent me to an ophthalmologist that specializes in AMD. He checked my eyes and said one eye has beginning dry AMD with a couple small drusen.

The other eye has some large and medium size drusen along with a "bubble" of fluid in front of the macula causing straight lines to look like they have a curve in them. He said this eye was also dry AMD until/if the "bubble" breaks through a layer to the macula, then I need to immediately come back in to see him.

No one in my family has this disease so I don't know what to expect. Is the "bubble" normal? Will it definitely become the wet version? What then? Other than straight line looking curvy, my vision seems normal. I'm a 62 year old male. Thanks.

REPLY

Hi Don,

You ask some very good questions and hit on one of the most difficult aspects of this retinal condition - the unknown. How and when your macular degeneration progresses is different for everyone and indeed for each eye.

Two recommendations I have for you is:

Read Dan Roberts book The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

And read some of the stories other people have shared by going to this page and scrolling to the bottom:

a href="http://www.webrn-maculardegeneration.com/share-your-macular-degeneration-prognosis.html">Macular Degeneration Patients Share Their Stories

Kind Regards,

Leslie

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