Age-related Macular Degeneration

Frequently Asked Questions

5. What are the symptoms of AMD?

AMD has few symptoms in the early stages, so it is important to have your eyes examined regularly. If you are at risk for AMD because of age, family history, lifestyle, or some combination of these factors, you should not wait to experience changes in vision before getting checked for AMD.

As AMD progresses, straight lines appear wavy and as the macula slowly break down, it gradually blurs central vision in the affected eye. You may see a blurred spot in the center of your vision. Over time, as less of the macula functions, central vision in the affected eye can be lost.

If you notice this condition or other changes to your vision, contact your eye care professional at once. You need a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You may notice changes in your vision only if AMD affects both eyes. If you experience blurry vision, see an eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam.