Macular Degeneration


Dry Macular Degeneration

Symptoms of dry ARMD usually develop gradually and may include:

  • Seeing blank or blurry spots in your central field of vision
  • Needing increasingly brighter light to see things that are near, such as a book you’re holding
  • Noticing that colors appear less bright than they used to
  • Difficulty seeing when moving from a brightly lit area to a dimmer area, such as when walking from outdoors into a dimly lit room on a sunny afternoon
  • Having difficulty recognizing people’s faces

Wet Macular Degeneration

Symptoms of wet macular degeneration usually appear suddenly and worsen rapidly. They may include:

  • Distorted vision (for example, seeing straight lines that appear bent)
  • Seeing dark or blank spots in your field of vision
  • Loss of central vision in one or both eyes
  • Objects look larger or smaller when viewed with one eye compared to the other
  • Colors are not as bright as they used to look, or don’t look the same when viewed separately with each eye


Last Updated August 2020