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What Are The Symptoms Of AMD?

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 14:14

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

In the early stages, AMD causes no symptoms. That's one of the reasons why the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends an annual eye examination starting at age 60 to 65 to check for AMD. The exam also can find other common conditions, including cataract and glaucoma.

Symptoms may appear in one eye, or both, and include any of the following:

  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • An empty or dark area in the center of your vision
  • Straight lines, such as sides of buildings, telephone poles, or sentences on a page, appear curved or wavy
  • A dimming of vision when reading

Only an eye doctor can determine if the symptoms are due to AMD, or some other condition. People who experience symptoms should make an appointment with an eye care specialist immediately. Early diagnosis is important to preserve vision.

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