Macular Degeneration Signs & Symptoms
Do you know the signs and symptoms of AMD? Macular degeneration does not cause eye pain, is not an eye infection and is not caused by an eye injury. Typically vision loss is gradual, but in rare cases it can occur suddenly. Early signs of macular degeneration may include:
- Seeing straight lines as wavy
- Noticing "blind spots" when looking directly ahead
You can use an Amsler grid to detect macular degeneration symptoms. An age-related macular degeneration test like the Amsler grid should not be used in place of a visit to your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
A comprehensive eye examination may detect macular degeneration before you notice any signs, using visual field screening and other available tests. It is therefore important to have regular eye exams to maintain proper eye care, especially if you have any of the risk factors for macular degeneration.
It is recommended that anyone between the ages of 45 and 59 have an eye exam every two to three years. Those over 60 should have their eyes checked annually.
Locate an eye doctor in your area to schedule a comprehensive examination.
Need More AMD Information?
For in-depth information on macular degeneration, please visit the Consumer Guide to Macular Degeneration.