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When Jane began to notice
her blurry vision,

she had never heard of wet age-related
macular degeneration. Then she noticed she
was having trouble distinguishing colors and
contrasts and called her eye care doctor.

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Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of wet AMD

The sooner you can recognize the symptoms, the more likely you will be able to protect your vision. Although there may not be anything noticeable in the early stages of the disease, look out for these warning signs:

  • Blurry vision—this affects the ability to see sharp detail from any distance
  • Straight lines appearing wavy, distorted, or fractured—this can occur with everyday objects, such as a picture frame or doorway
  • Seeing blurry or dark spots—especially in the center of your vision. It may also become difficult to see faces
  • Difficulty distinguishing colors or contrasts
  • Increasing sensitivity to bright lights—or there may be trouble adjusting from bright to dim light. Vision may also improve at night
  • Close work, like knitting or reading, becoming impossible

You may have only a few of these symptoms, and they may change from day to day. If you have experienced any of these at any time, talk to your doctor immediately.

If I had been aware of the warning signs, I could have done something sooner.

— Jane
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Tips for living with wet AMD

Improving Lighting

Use a lamp directed at the task you are working on, or carry a penlight with you to help see things better when you are away from home.

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Signs of Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

See what it’s like to have wet AMD

The photos below represent normal vision. Click to enlarge the photos below, then place your cursor on top of each photo to see how wet AMD affects vision.

See how wet AMD can affect your vision

Wet AMD Disease Analogy

Wet AMD may affect your vision the same way as a stone hitting your car’s windscreen.

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