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10 Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

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An eye disease that worsens over time, macular degeneration occurs when the small part of a person’s retina, referred to as the “macula”, deteriorates. The retina, located at the back of the eye, is light-sensing nerve tissue, and macular degeneration is the top cause of permanent and severe vision loss for those 60-plus years of age. As it occurs as a person gets older, it can be referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The condition takes two forms, wet and dry. A mere ten percent of those with the illness get it in the wet form, which is when blood vessels cultivate from under the macula and leak fluid and blood into the retina causing vision distortion. Meanwhile, the dry form of macular degeneration unravels when drusen appears, which are yellow deposits within their macula that cause changes in a person’s vision. They increase in numbers and get bigger over time, distorting one’s vision.

As macular degeneration worsens over time, if left untreated, the condition can cause legal blindness and is the most common cause vision impairments across the U.S. (creating more vision issues than cataracts). Approximately 2.5 million Americans have this eye illness, making it hard to perform day-to-day activities.

Below are 10 common symptoms of macular degeneration.

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