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You Can Have AMD And Not Know It
March 23, 2022

You Can Have AMD And Not Know It

Did you know that a person can have macular degeneration and not know it? Some of you reading this may be nodding your heads because that may have been your experience.

There are several reasons why this can happen.

1. A person is not having regular eye exams when the first early signs of macular drusen can be detected in the retinal portion of the exam

2. Sometimes changes in the retina are found during an eye exam but the information is not shared with the patient

3. The symptoms are painless

4. There are no noticeable changes to the outward appearance of the eye(s)

5. The better eye or the eye without AMD compensates for the vision loss in the eye with AMD

6. AMD symptoms mimic other eye conditions that occur as one gets older such as blurred vision, the need for more light, and difficulty seeing at night

A Patient's Story

One reader shared this story:

"I have never heard about this eye disease before. All my life I had an excellent sight and the illness came to me as a real shock. Before being diagnosed I noticed that I had blurred vision as if a thin curtain lay before my eyes.

I did not give any importance to the symptom. One day in an advertisement on TV I saw that they recommended to cover each eye to check one's vision. I was very surprised that by doing so, that in my right eye I see everything distorted ... I was diagnosed with wet macular degeneration in my right eye just before my 63rd birthday."

Find out what tests can be done at home and at the doctor's office to check for signs and symptoms of macular degeneration:

Tests for Macular Degeneration and What They Reveal about Your Eyes

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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