Macular Degeneration Symptoms

Written by on May 2, 2011 in Eye Problems - No comments
Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is commonly known as age-related macular degeneration. Macula, which is the central portion of the retina of the eye, is affected in this disease. Macular degeneration can be either dry, or wet. The patient suffering from Macular degeneration faces difficulties in recognizing or framing the object which enters the central viewing of the eye.

There are number of Symptoms of Macular Degeneration. Few symptoms are different for wet or dry macular degeneration. The Symptoms of macular degeneration may vary depending upon the stage of the disease. It is very difficult to find out in the early stagesif the patient has been suffering from this disease. One of the biggest symptoms which people realize is the blurry vision. There are times when people experience the distorted vision.  When the patient looks at a straight line or object, it looks bent or distorted to him. Distorted vision is noticeable with regard of a set of straight lines, where the lines may be blank or wavy.

Patients face the inability to distinguish colors. This is where the patient finds himself in a situation where the color vision of the retina does not work properly. Other common symptoms of macular degeneration may include the inability to notice contrast, and inability to react to different light exposures. These common symptoms may occur very less in the early stages which make patients ignoring them. These are some of the most common and small symptoms which may or may not be noticeable at the early stages of macular degeneration.

Besides these common symptoms, there are some severe symptoms of macular degeneration which patients may face in the later stages of the disease. One of those severe symptoms includes the Blind Spots (Scotomas). It causes the vision loss to the patient, where the patient visualizes a black spot in the center of the vision made by his eyes. This happens because of the yellow deposits in the center of the eye.

Another severe symptom of macular degeneration can be the problem of object appearing smaller to the infected eye. This is also known as Micropsia. The eye of the patient which hasbeen infected by the disease will visualize the object smaller than its actual size. This makes a confusion created in the brain as both the images in different eyes are different. This, in turn, forces brain to interpret the object smaller than it actually is.

These are some of the possible symptoms of macular degeneration. The symptoms may vary for wet or dry type of diseases. As the symptoms are not easily identifiable in the early stage of the disease, it is always suggested to go for regular eye checkup. What a patient may treat as normal may not be normal. The patient might not be able to detect it, but an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) can easily detect it. It is highly recommended by eye doctors not to ignore even a smallest problem a person is facing with the eye.

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