Signs and Symptoms of AMD

Dry Macular Degeneration

Wet Macular Degeneration

• Blurry Distance and/or Reading Vision • Distorted vision, straight lines appear to bend
• Need for increasingly bright light to see up close • Dark gray spots or blank spots in your vision
• Colors appear less vivid and bright • Size of objects may appear different for each eye
• Hazy vision • Colors are not as bright/may not look the same for each eye
• Difficulty seeing when going from bright light to low light  
• Trouble or inability to recognize faces  
• Blank or blurry spot in your central vision  


Take Care of Your Eyes

With regular check-ups, early diagnosis and new treatment options, the doctors of Midwest Eye Consultants are often able to maintain and improve the vision of patients suffering from AMD. Be sure to schedule your annual eye health exam today!

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Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration

  • Family history of macular degeneration
  • Smoking (even if you have smoked and quit)
  • Low macular pigment
  • Light skin and light eyes
  • Unprotected exposure to the sun
  • Overweight
  • Females are more at risk
  • Low consumption of dark, leafy green vegetables

Take the Amsler Grid Test

This grid is an excellent way to watch for subtle changes in macular degeneration. We recommend that you check this grid once per week, or more often if you are noticing changes. Wear your glasses to check the grid if you normally use them for reading. Cover one eye and hold the grid 12-15 inches away. While looking at the center dot, determine if there are any recent changes in the grid pattern such as lines that are wavy, bent, broken, or missing. Cover the other eye and do the same. If you notice any new change upon testing, call your optometrist at Midwest Eye Consultants immediately for an appointment.

Take the amsler grid test here