The Retina Reference

Age Related Macular Degeneration with a Vitelliform Lesion

You should look at the Normal Retina photo first for comparison. In some cases of dry macular degeneration, a yellowish, round deposit forms under the center of the retina. Because it reminds some people of an egg yolk, it is called a vitelliform (Latin for "egg like") lesion. This does not need laser treatment, which does not help. Sometimes over a period of years this lesion will degenerate and leave a spot of atrophy where the retina cells have just dropped out. Vision is often distorted by the presence of a vitelliform lesion.