Macular Degeneration

Age related macular degeneration or AMD often manages to go unnoticed until it becomes a severe problem. One of the main symptoms of this condition is a blurring in the center of your vision. In it’s developed stages, macular degeneration can result in blurry vision and an inability to identify fine details along with the loss of sensitivity to contrast and a distortion in the central portion of your vision. Most often, your peripheral vision will remain unaffected.

Dry AMD often takes about 5 – 10 years before the symptoms start having an effect on everyday life. In some cases, only one eye starts to show the symptoms and the loss of vision or blurring is compensated with the other eye. This often results in taking an even longer time for the symptoms to become apparent. If you have dry AMD, you may require brighter reading lights and have difficulties reading written or printed text. You may notice that colors are much less vibrant and that you can’t recognize people’s faces as easily as you did. Your vision will feel much less defined and hazy as well. These symptoms must be immediately notified to an ophthalmologist so that they can test you for macular degeneration.

Wet age-related macular degeneration often develops in people with a previous history of dry AMD. You may notice worsened blurring in your central vision if it has already been present. Other symptoms include visual distortions such as straight lines appearing crooked or wavy, blind spots that often appear in the middle of your vision, and growing larger with time and seeing shapes, shadows or even people when they are not actually there. Once again, any of these symptoms must be looked at immediately by an ophthalmologist. Early detection may help treat the condition and to prevent your vision from deteriorating further.