The Retina Reference

Age Related Macular Degeneration - Wet Form

You should look at the Normal Retina photo first for comparison. The ring of yellowish dots is lipid, or fat contained in the serum, which leaks into the retina when a blood vessel grows under the retina. In wet macular degeneration, blood vessels grow under the retina and leak and bleed. Different types of laser therapy or injections of drugs to halt blood vessel growth are used in cases like this. The exact form of therapy recommended depends on the details of the case, including the appearance of the fluorescein angiogram (see the picture entitled Age Related Macular Degeneration - Wet, Fluorescein Angiogram).