Macular Degeneration is a painless medical condition affecting vision. As the macula, which is part of the retina, degenerates, vision deteriorates in the center of the visual field, often leading to legal blindness. It more frequently occurs in older individuals, though mild symptoms may be present even before the condition is severe enough to provoke a medical investigation. If detected early on, treatment and contingency measures slow the progression of this disease, thereby preventing rapid vision loss, which is severely incapacitating. Watch for the following signs of macular degeneration.
The earliest and most distinctive of all macular degeneration symptoms is the distortion of vision, with normal contours appearing unnatural. For instance, grids with straight lines begin to appear curvy, and window blinds, lined notebook pages and stacks of books appear to have uneven striations. This distortion of vision develops slowly in 90 percent of cases in the condition called dry macular degeneration. In 10 percent of cases, the distortion becomes noticeable suddenly, and vision deteriorates quickly, indicating a case of wet macular degeneration.
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