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How do you know if you have macular degeneration?
Symptoms of macular degeneration
- a reduction in central vision.
- a distortion of straight lines in your field of vision.
- the need for brighter lighting.
- difficulty adapting to low lights.
- trouble recognizing faces.
- retinal damage.
What are early warning signs of macular degeneration?
The first sign you may notice is a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision or that straight lines appear distorted to you. This may gradually turn into a dramatic loss of your central vision. Other symptoms include: Dark, blurry areas or whiteout that appears in the center of your vision.
What is the main cause of macular degeneration?
Wet macular degeneration is a chronic eye disorder that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in your visual field. It’s generally caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the macula (MAK-u-luh). The macula is in the part of the retina responsible for central vision.
How long does it take to lose vision with macular degeneration?
In late stages of AMD, you may have difficulty seeing clearly. On average, it takes about 10 years to move from diagnosis to legal blindness, but there are some forms of macular degeneration that can cause sight loss in just days.
At what age does macular degeneration usually begin?
Age-related macular degeneration usually begins at age 55 or older. There is a very low risk of progression from the early stage to the late stage of AMD (which involves vision loss) within five years after diagnosis.
Are Eye vitamins worth taking?
“But for most people, they aren’t necessary for eye health,” says ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD. “You can get the vitamins you need through your diet. And there is little evidence connecting vitamin supplements with improved eye health.”
What type of lighting is best for macular degeneration?
Halogen bulbs are brighter than regular incandescent or LED light bulbs which is why many people with macular degeneration (AMD) prefer these bulbs for their task lighting – for doing things like reading bills, writing checks and performing hobbies. Many people find that this type of lighting also enhances contrast.