Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.
Dry macular degeneration signs and symptoms
Blurry distance and/or reading vision
Need for increasingly bright light to see up close
Colors appear less vivid or bright
Difficulty seeing when going from bright light to low light (such as entering a dimly lit room from the bright outdoors)
Trouble or inability to recognize people's faces
Blank or blurry spot in your central vision
Wet macular degeneration signs and symptoms
Distorted vision — straight lines will appear bent, crooked or irregular
Dark gray spots or blank spots in your vision
Loss of central vision
Size of objects may appear different for each eye
Colors lose their brightness; colors do not look the same for each eye
Wet macular degeneration symptoms usually appear and get worse fairly quickly.