Symptoms of AMD

In its early stages, AMD may not cause any noticeable symptoms, which is an excellent reason to have regular eye exams! The rate of progression of AMD, and the onset of symptoms will vary from person to person. Some people may experience rapid deterioration of central vision, others may have gradual onset. In most cases, a good degree of usable peripheral vision remains.

The disease may be present, and symptoms may occur, in one eye or both. People with dry AMD in only one eye often do not notice any change in their vision. With one eye seeing clearly, people are still able to drive, read or see details. Vision loss may not be noticed unless AMD affects both eyes. Symptoms may include:

  • A dark or empty spot in your central vision.
  • Straight lines appear wavy or fractured.
  • Faces may begin to blur, and it becomes harder to distinguish colors.

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AMD Alliance International is not a medical organisation, therefore we can only provide general information that is not intended to be a substitute for a proper medical assessment. Please read our eye health information disclaimer.

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