Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
During the early stages of macular degeneration, and if only one eye is affected, there may be no symptoms. Additionally, neither form of macular degeneration (dry or wet) causes pain. However, an ophthalmologist may be able to detect early signs of the disease before symptoms appear. Therefore, it is very important to have regular eye examinations to detect these signs as soon as possible.
Often, the dry form of macular degeneration initially causes slightly blurred central vision, both close up and far. The center of vision may become fuzzy or shadowed, and this area grows larger as the disease progresses. Blind spots may develop, and it is normally more difficult to see color and fine detail.
Commonly, in wet macular degeneration, in addition to the above symptoms, straight lines may appear wavy. Also, in this more severe form, central vision loss can occur rapidly, sometimes within days or weeks.
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Source: Some of the information in this section of our website was obtained from the National Eye Institute and the National Library of Medicine.
Last Review: 04/26/13