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Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration symptoms

The most common symptom of dry AMD is slightly blurred vision and the need for brighter lights for reading. Many patients also report an inability to recognize faces at a distance. Initially, dry AMD may be limited to one eye and go unnoticed because of the ability of the other healthy eye to see clearly. As dry AMD progresses, a blurry spot develops in the center of the vision. With time, the spot may get bigger and darker, reducing central vision. There is no pain associated with any form of AMD.

Symptoms of wet AMD include rapid central vision loss or distortion. Straight lines, such as sentences on a page, may appear wavy. Patients may also notice a blurred or blind spot in the center of vision.