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: 
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: 
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.
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