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Loss of depth perception: A Macular Degeneration Symptom
March 02, 2023

Loss of depth perception: A Macular Degeneration Symptom

Most people associate loss of central vision and blurred vision with age related macular degeneration. However, there are several other visual changes or losses that relate to the degeneration of the macula that affect one's ability to get around and to perform daily tasks.

One of those vision changes, is the loss of depth perception or the ability to perceive space or distance accurately. The brain requires two healthy eyes working together for this aspect of vision to function well. So if a person has good vision in one eye, but not the other, depth perception is decreased. 

This vision loss can affect one's daily life in many different ways from navigating stairs and curbs safely to threading a needle or pouring a cup of coffee.  

Richard L. Windsor, O.D., F.A.A.O. writes, "Patients are diagnosed daily with macular degeneration but few patients are adequately counseled on how their vision will be affected. Vision loss from macular degeneration is much more than just a loss of visual acuity. It is important that we counsel these patients on the variety of visual problems they will encounter."

Find out more about impaired depth perception, how it affects one's daily activities and strategies for maximizing your depth perception vision...

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Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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