Symptoms: AMD

Even though AMD causes damage to your eye it is not a painful condition so symptoms are associated with changes in your vision rather than any discomfort.

Symptoms vary amongst people with AMD but the main symptom is distortion in your central vision and loss of the ability to see detail.


As dry AMD develops gradually it may take a number of years before the symptoms significantly affect your vision. In wet AMD, however, blurring of your vision may come on very quickly and you may also notice visual distortions, such as straight lines appearing wavy, and blind spots (blank patches in your vision). If you experience a sudden change in your central vision go to your local A&E department. Seeking help quickly will reduce the risk of permanent damage to your vision.  

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