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Exudative age-related macular degeneration Save

ICD-10 code: H35.32

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Understanding Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a type of macular degeneration that occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the macula, the part of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision. These blood vessels can leak fluid and blood, distorting and eventually damaging the macula, leading to vision loss.

Exudative AMD is also known as wet AMD, as opposed to dry AMD, which is the more common form of macular degeneration. While dry AMD progresses gradually over time, exudative AMD can progress more quickly and often results in more severe vision loss.


The symptoms of exudative AMD can include:

  1. Blurred or distorted central vision
  2. A blind spot in the center of the visual field
  3. Sensitivity to light
  4. Difficulty recognizing faces or reading

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation and diagnosis.


While there is currently no cure for exudative AMD, there are several treatment options that can help slow the progression of the disease and preserve vision:

  • Anti-VEGF injections: These injections are administered into the eye to block the growth of abnormal blood vessels and reduce swelling and leakage. They are usually given every 4-12 weeks.
  • Laser therapy: This treatment uses a laser to seal leaking blood vessels and prevent further damage to the macula.
  • Photodynamic therapy: This involves injecting a light-activated drug into the bloodstream, which is then activated by a laser to selectively destroy abnormal blood vessels.

It is important to work closely with your eye doctor to determine the best treatment plan for your individual case of exudative AMD.


While there is no guaranteed way to prevent exudative AMD, there are several lifestyle factors that may help reduce the risk of developing the disease:

  1. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids
  2. Not smoking
  3. Maintaining a healthy weight
  4. Protecting your eyes from UV radiation with sunglasses

By taking steps to maintain your overall health and protect your eyes, you can help reduce your risk of developing exudative AMD and other eye diseases.

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