Similar Impact on Quality of Life from Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration

While there are many clinical differences between wet macular degeneration and dry macular degeneration, both eye diseases have been shown to have similar impacts on patients quality of life.  According to Lylas G. Mogk, MD, “The impact on lives does not correlate with the levels of central vision loss, but rather with the presence of central vision loss at any level.”

While patients with dry macular degeneration often have superior vision than patients with wet macular degeneration, Dr. Mogk indicated that suffering from the eye disease made it difficult to perform specific tasks such as reading, money management, self care, meal preparation and housekeeping.  These tasks generally directly impact the quality of life of people suffering from the degenerative eye disease.

According to the study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, 100 percent of patients suffering from wet macular degeneration had difficult reading compared to 90 percent of patients suffering from dry macular degeneration.  When asked about money management, 88.3 percent of those suffering from wet macular degeneration had difficult compared to 83.2 percent suffering from dry macular degeneration.  For self care, 71.8 percent of people suffering from the eye disease wet macular degeneration indicated they experienced difficulty versus 61.1 percent of those with wet AMD.  Similar percentages were also noted for both meal preparation and housekeeping.

Patients with both forms of the eye disease also showed similar scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale, with 30 percent of patients suffering from wet macular degeneration showing probable depression version 24 percent of patients with dry macular degeneration.

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