Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Depends. Most people experience distortion in the central vision as an early sign of age-related macular degeneration. There is a self-screening tool called an amsler grid that is often recommended for people with risk factors for the disease. It can help to detect early distortion. Decreased central vision with difficulty to read, recognize faces, watch tv, and drive often happen as the disease progresses.
Yes. While often overlooked and not talked about much, perhaps the earliest sign of macular degeneration (amd) is delayed adjustment from bright to dim light ("delayed photostress recovery"). Many patients with signs of amd on examination and nearly perfect vision will report that they have noticed that it takes longer so see things when coming from bright into dim light surroundings.

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Vision impairment question, at what age do you get age related macular degeneration?

No set age. Age-related macular degeneration (armd) is a condition that usually affects individuals over the age of 50 and causes central vision loss. It is more common the older we get (likely because it becomes more noticeable) and has a peak in the 70s. It can be seen at earlier ages in some individuals, and the the age of onset will be younger as we get better at testing for it. Read more...
Over 50. By definition, age related macular degeneration is diagnosed if the patient is at least age 50 years old, and has typical macular findings. Individuals with a family history of amd are advised to have regular eye exams beginning at age 50 to look for signs, and start vitamin supplementation if appropriate. Read more...

How rare is macular degeneration vision impairment?

Frequent in elderly. There are a few rare macular degeneration (md) cases in the young but most md is in the elderly. Vision changes can be from minor to severe depending upon the individual. The frequency increases with age up to about 17% affected in those over age 90. If you or a family member/friend has this problem, they should see a retinal specialist for evaluation and possible treatment. Read more...
Fairly common. Macular degeneration was the most common cause of legal blindness in individuals over 50. With modern treatment strategies, severe vision loss is much less common, but updated statistics do not yet exist. Some degree of vision impairment usually develops with this chronic degenerative disease over time. The earliest symptoms include delay in adjusting to dim light ; needing more light to read. Read more...

I am 72 years old and have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve remaining vision?

There are 2 kinds. Wet and dry. You need to see a retina specialist, ask your eye doctor for a referral. The dry type is less treatable, the wet one has options. Read more...
Two types. 1. Dry age-related macular degeneration: treated with areds vitamins, tobacco cessation. 2. Wet age-related macular degeneration: intravitreal injections of anti-vegf molecules like avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea. See a retina specialist. Read more...
Assess Risks. See a retina specialist who can help stage your risk for severe vision loss. This can be done based upon your retinal exam as well as lifestyle (smoking, diet, blood pressure, lipids) and genetics. By doing a cheek swab, we can now stratify your risk of developing advanced stages of amd. Read more...

I am 42 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration what can I do to preserve vision?

Correct diagnosis? At age 42, you are unlikely to have age-related macular degeneration. That is a disease of people aged 50+. I would see a retina specialist to confirm the diagnosis. Read more...
Macular Degen @ 42. As a retinal specialist, I have seen atypical macular degeneration present in the 40's. It is uncommon. Family history can be relevant here. Preserving vision depends on the severity of the amd (age related mac degen). The ared's study indicates that certain nutrients are beneficial to stage 3 and 4 amd. Have regular eye exams with dilation and when indicated Fluorescein angiography and oct. Read more...

I am 32 years old and was told that I have age related macular degeneration. Is there a way that I can save my vision?

Yes. Long tern studies have show that eye vitamins, sunglasses, no smoking, and a healthy diet full of green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, and fish, can help to slow down the progression of macular degeneration. It might also be helpful to see a retinal specialist to determine if this is age related or hereditary, as the progression may vary with the different types. Read more...
Yes. 32 yrs is very early age to get amd. Should avoid smoking and high lipid diet. Need to rule out other causes. Read more...
? Diagnosis. By definition, people who are 32 don't develop age related macular degeneration. It's worth seeing a retina specialist to see if this is a variant (ie pattern dystrophy). Often, people who develop macular disease at a young age have a familial disposition, so your family members should get checked too. Read more...
Not correct. By definition a patient has to be 50 years of age to be diagnosed with age related macular degeneration. At 32, I imagine the signs of macular degeneration were seen called "drusen." There are inherited diseases that cause premature drusen to deposit. The most common is called "Dominant Drusen" and runs in the family. Best to get a second opinion by a reputable retina specialist... Read more...