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    How does macular degeneration affect vision?

    My grandmother was just diagnosed with macular degeneration. How does this affect her ability to see?
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    Simon has over 30 years experience in Optometry and Optical Dispensing and is the owner of North Lakes Optometry, an Ethical, Independent Optometry Practice providing … View Profile

    Dry macular degeneration causes a gradual loss of central vision usually over several years. If your grandmother looks at your face your hairline and chin and ears may be clear but the centre of your face may appear distorted or missing.  Objects that she looks directly at may be distorted or faded, but objects to the side may be clear but less detailed as the peripheral vision is not a sharp as normal macular vision.
    Wet macular degeneration causes central vision loss, but onset is sudden and the distortion or loss of vision is more severe.

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