What are the symptoms of age-related maculopathy?

Updated: Oct 09, 2019
  • Author: F Ryan Prall, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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As a result of the International ARM Epidemiologic Study Group efforts, patients with age-related maculopathy account for 85-90% of individuals with age-related macular changes and have only mild drusen, RPE atrophy, and/or RPE hypertrophy. They tend to be asymptomatic or only minimally symptomatic with mild blurred central vision, color and contrast disturbances, and metamorphopsia (waviness). Conversely, the 10-15% of patients with macular changes defined as AMD tend to report painless, progressive, moderate-to-severe blurring of central vision and moderate-to-severe metamorphopsia, which can be acute or insidious in onset.


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