Symptoms of macular degeneration vary from individual to individual. For some people, only one eye loses vision while the other eye continues to be in good shape for years. For some people, both eyes may be affected.
Since macular degeneration alone does not cause total blindness, vision is a usually unaffected side and most people continue to live a normal life. But it is important to visit a macular degeneration ophthalmologist if you are facing some of the following vision symptoms.
The early symptoms of macular degeneration include the emergence of straight lines as wavy. Symptoms include loss of the ability to see objects clearly. The vision is distorted as objects appear in the wrong shape or size.
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There is also the loss of a clear, true-color together with results in the difficulty in reading or seeing the close objects. Usually, there is a dark, empty area visible in the center of vision.
Optometrists examine the macula carefully by viewing it with an instrument called an ophthalmoscope and find out whether your ye is damaged or not.
Another way to check whether or not a person suffers from macular degeneration is to see the Amsler grid, which is a graphic black line arranged in a pattern. Additional tests help to find a condition that can cause the macula to deteriorate.
A fluorescent angiogram is also another option where the eye doctor injects dye into the patient's arm, and then take photographs of the retina and macula. The dye helps to clarify any blood vessel abnormalities that may be present.
It is recommended that every person over the age of 65 with a family history of macular degeneration must go for regular eye exams to keep the disease at bay.