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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.


For references related to Macular degeneration click here.
Last Updated: August 13, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.

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