In its early stages, age-related macular degeneration may not have symptoms and may be unrecognized until it progresses or affects both eyes. The first sign of macular degeneration is usually distortion of straight lines. This may progress to a gradual loss of central vision.
Symptoms of macular degeneration include:
Straight lines start to appear distorted, or the center of vision becomes distorted
Dark, blurry areas or white out appears in the center of vision
Diminished or changed...
Researchers have identified both hereditary and environmental factors.
Although you can't change your genes, you can help preserve your delicate
retina if you stop smoking and reduce harmful UV ray exposure from sunlight by
wearing protective eyewear.
Most vision loss from ARMD is the result of leakage from abnormal blood
vessels that grow underneath the retina. Prompt treatment is essential, so tell
your mother to test her vision regularly with the Amsler Grid, which she can
get from her eye doctor. Have her tape the grid to the bathroom mirror or the
refrigerator door, and notify her eye doctor immediately if she notices any
changes in how well she sees the lines on the grid.
As for supplements, certain amounts of vitamins C and E, beta carotene,
zinc, and copper reduced participants' risk of developing advanced ARMD by 25%,
according to the National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Study.