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How is age-related macular degeneration diagnosed?

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Age-related macular degeneration can be detected in a routine eye exam. One of the most common early signs of macular degeneration is the presence of drusen -- tiny yellow deposits under the retina -- or pigment clumping. Your doctor can see these when examining the eyes. Your doctor may also ask you to look at an Amsler grid -- a pattern of straight lines that resemble a checkerboard. Some of the straight lines may appear wavy to you, or you may notice that some of the lines are missing. These can be signs of macular degeneration.

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 11, 2018

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SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on October 11, 2018

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