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Macular Degeneration Symptoms

Diagram of eye with Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is usually an age-related eye disease that can result in significant vision loss.

The symptoms of macular degeneration can be very subtle or not noticeable at all when the eye disease in its early stages. This is why it is important to stay up-to-date on your eye exams as an optometrist will notice changes in your eyes that you can't see.

Macular Degeneration Symptoms:

  • Straight lines no longer appearing straight

  • Inability to perceive certain colors

  • Dark areas in your line of vision almost as if someone has put an ink blot test in front of you.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your eye doctor immediately for further evaluation and treatment. If your eye doctor is not available, head to the nearest emergency room.

The sooner the diagnosis is made and treatment is started, the less loss of vision will occur. While some may notice these symptoms early on, others will not notice any symptoms until the eye disease has advanced.

With an eye disease that is the leading cause of loss of vision in the over 60 age group, this is not something that should prompt a wait-and-see strategy. You should promptly alert your optometrist to any symptoms and stay up-to-date on your eye exams.

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