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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

         Hazy vision

         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.