Warning Signs & Symptoms
There are two kinds of AMD: dry or wet. For dry AMD, the most common of the two, the most common early sign is blurred vision. As fewer cells in the macula are able to function, people will see details, like words in a book, less clearly in front of them. Often this blurred vision will go away in brighter light. People may also see a small but growing blind spot in their field of vision. The vision changes for dry AMD tend to develop slowly. If only one eye is affected, the other may compensate.
For wet AMD, the classic early symptom is that straight lines appear crooked. This results when fluid from the leaking blood vessels gathers and lifts the macula, distorting vision. A small blind spot may also appear in wet AMD, resulting in the loss of one’s central vision.