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What are the symptoms of macular degeneration?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

You won't notice when macular degeneration starts. But after a few years, objects in the middle of your vision will look blurred and distorted. You'll probably notice problems with reading first.

You may notice: [7]

  • Blurry areas on a printed page of text

  • Straight lines seem wavy or bent

  • Things seem distorted when you look directly at them.

These problems make it harder to: [2]

  • Read

  • Drive

  • Make out different colours

  • Recognise people's faces

  • Do fine handiwork such as embroidery or sewing.

Eventually after many years, a dark area or even a black hole can appear in the middle of your vision. You may not be able to see things that are straight in front of you.

AMD does not hurt.

Citations

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Last Updated: November 01, 2010
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