Symptoms

Although the condition affects everyone a bit differently, generally, people with AMD experience blurring in the centre of their sightline, with a growing central blind spot. Other symptoms can include a decreased ability to distinguish colour contrast, especially under poor lighting, or distorted vision, which includes images fading or running together. Both near (close) vision and distance vision may be unclear or blurry.

The signs of dry AMD may vary from person to person, but often, many people are unaware that they have AMD since early dry AMD is usually symptom-free.

The following list describes the most common symptoms of dry AMD:

  • Blurred central vision
  • Growing central blind spot
  • Blank spots in your vision
  • Sensitivity to light – difficulty adjusting to changes in light
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Difficulty reading words in a book
  • Difficulty focusing on details

Wet AMD often occurs suddenly and rapidly. If you have wet AMD, you may be experiencing either one or a combination of these symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Straight lines appearing wavy or distorted
  • Blind spots in central vision
  • Words on a page seeming to be arranged in wavy lines
  • Straight lines or edges of objects seeming to be crooked
  • Loss of colour perception

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your eye doctor immediately.

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