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what is symptom of macular degeneration?

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Dr. Michael Ham
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Varries: I have seen patients with many different symptoms (first sign) of macular degeneration. The most common is decreased ability to read (or need more light to read) or difficulty adapting to sudden changes in the lighting in the environment; light to dark or dark to light situations.
Answered on Jul 6, 2012
Dr. Samuel Barone
22 years experience Ophthalmology
Decreased vision: Both the wet and dry forms of armd cause decrease in central vision. Distortion is often an early symptom and an amsler grid is a good self screening tool. Vision loss from the dry form is usually slowly progressive and lessor in degree than the wet form which can have very dramatic decrease in vision that is rapid and significant.
Answered on Jan 31, 2019
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