What are the symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?
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AMD blurs the sharp central vision you need for straight-ahead activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. An early symptom of wet AMD is that straight lines appear wavy. The most common symptom of dry AMD is slightly blurred vision. You may have difficulty recognizing faces. You may need more light for reading and other tasks. Dry AMD generally affects both eyes, but vision can be lost in one eye while the other eye seems unaffected. As dry AMD gets worse, you may see a blurred spot in the center of your vision. Over time, as less of the macula functions, central vision in the affected eye can be lost gradually.
In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a common eye condition among people age 50 and older. It is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. And vision lost cannot be restored. That’s why early detection and treatment are so important. Make an appointment with one of our experienced macular degeneration specialists.
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