Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Commonly, people with AMD experience blurred central vision but sometimes they have distortion or a spot in their vision.
In some, the disease progresses very slowly over decades, but in others it may progress rapidly and cause central vision loss. The condition by itself does not usually cause complete blindness, and a person’s peripheral vision (“side vision”) is not usually affected. Early AMD may not cause any symptoms, and some people may not realize they have the condition. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of vision loss, so it is important to have your eyes examined regularly.