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Age-related macular degeneration is a common cause of vision loss in people over age 60. It can cause loss of sharp central vision in one or both eyes. You may have no obvious vision loss, or you may have one or more of the following vision problems:

  • Fuzzy or blurry areas
  • Distorted lines and wavy edges
  • Faded color vision
  • Dark spots in your central vision
  • Vision that varies from day to day

Age-related macular degeneration rarely causes total blindness, but it can cause vision loss that ranges from mild to severe affecting your central vision. Low-vision aids can help you with certain tasks, such as magnifiers, reading eyewear, large-print books and large-button telephones. Living with age-related macular degeneration can be a challenge, but you can make the most of the vision you have through support from friends, family, and a low-vision support group.

Remember to schedule regular eye exams yearly, or more often if recommended by your eye doctor. And, schedule an eye exam right away if you have any vision changes.