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what are early symptoms of macular degeneration?

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Blur, distortion: Macular degeneration causes reduced central vision. Patients complain of blurry vision, black spots in the vision and distortion of images. If you have any sudden visual changes, see your eye doctor immediately.
Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Vision changes: The first symptom most people experience with macular degeneration is a change in vision. An amsler grid is a simple screening tool available for home use that can allow patients who are at risk for macular degeneration to monitor for such changes.

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What magnifiers and other visual aids are recommended for macular degeneration?

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