Recognizing the symptoms of wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD)
The sooner you can recognize the symptoms, the more likely you will be able to protect your vision. Although there may not be anything noticeable in the early stages of the disease, look out for these warning signs:
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Narration: Wet AMD can be associated with rapid and potentially profound visual loss. If left untreated, Wet AMD can lead to irreversible macular damage.
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Narration: There are several symptoms that might point to wet AMD: 1. Vision may be distorted. Straight lines could appear bent or wavy.
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Narration: 2. Dark spots or blank spots may appear in the central vision.
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Narration: 3. Objects may seem different for each eye.
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Narration: 4. Colors may lose their brightness. Note that wet macular degeneration symptoms usually appear in a short period of time and get worse fairly quickly.
- Blurry vision
- Straight lines appearing wavy, distorted or fractured
- Seeing blurry or dark spots, especially in the center of your vision
- Difficulty distinguishing colors or contrasts
- Increasing sensitivity to bright lights or there may be trouble adjusting from bright to dim light. Vision may also improve at night
- Close work, like knitting or reading, becoming impossible