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Faded Colors and Blurred Vision: Cataracts or Macular Degeneration?
March 25, 2024

Faded Colors and Blurred Vision: Cataracts or Macular Degeneration?

It is not uncommon as we age to experience some blurred vision - faces aren't as clear or distinct as they used to be or perhaps words on a page are not as sharp and crisp as they once were. You try to clean the lenses of your glasses thinking perhaps that's the problem or make an eye appointment to see if you need a new eye glass prescription.

Cataract or Macular Degeneration?

Both of these eye conditions are common in the senior population. According to the National Eye Institute "By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery."

The American Macular Degeneration Foundation reports, that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is "the leading cause of vision loss for those aged 55 and older in the United States, affecting more than ten million Americans."

Blurred vision is not the only shared symptom of cataracts and AMD.

Colors are not as bright and vivid as they once were and appear faded or dull. Colors become muted with macular degeneration due to the loss of cone cells which are responsible for our ability to see colors, while a cloudy lens can cause colors to be dulled and often with a yellowish tint.

Surprisingly it's not all that easy for an eye doctor to determine which of these eye problems are causing one's vision changes. Find out why here...

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration Share Similar Symptoms

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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