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How do I know if I have age-related macular degeneration?

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Your doctor can check you for age-related macular degeneration when you see him or her for a routine eye exam. An early diagnosis will let you start treatment that may delay some symptoms or make them less severe. Your doctor will test your vision and also examine your retina -- a layer of tissue at the back of your eye that processes light. Your doctor will look for tiny yellow deposits called drusen under the retina. It's a common early sign of the disease.

Your doctor may also ask you to look at an Amsler grid -- a pattern of straight lines that's like a checkerboard. If some of the lines appear wavy to you or some of them are missing, it could be a sign of macular degeneration.

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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