Macular Degeneration Symptoms – A Refresher

Several people have sent emails inquiring about Macular degeneration symptoms.  Macular degeneration symptoms may vary, depending on which type of this eye disease that a person has been diagnosed with.  Both dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration have similar symptoms.

While here at Macular Degeneration Support Canada we have blogged about the symptoms of AMD, we thought we would do another quick blog post.

Dry macular degeneration generally develops over a period of time, resulting in the gradual loss of central vision and as a result of this vision loss, you may notice changes in your vision.  If you are over 50 years old or in a high risk category associated with macular degeneration the following symptoms may indicate loss of vision associated with macular degeneration.

  •  The need for increased light when reading
  • Increased difficulty adapting to low light levels when entering a dimly lit room
  • Increased blurriness when reading printed words
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Decrease in the intensity of colors
  • Gradual “fog” or “haziness” that shrouds overall vision
  • Blind spot at the centre of your vision

With dry macular degeneration the symptoms may develop slowly over a period of time and patients with the eye disease may have been affected several years before being diagnosed.  It is also possible to have macular degeneration in one eye, resulting in no symptoms in a the other eye.

Wet macular degeneration is generally the faster progression version of the eye disease.  Symptoms of wet macular degeneration are similar to that of dry macular degeneration but changes in vision may progress much faster.  With wet macular degeneration symptoms tend to appear suddenly and get worse rapidly.

Should you experience any symptoms of macular degeneration and be in a high risk category of developing macular degeneration or be over the age of 50, it is recommended that you seek advice from an eye care professional.