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AMD affects the middle part of your vision, not the edges (peripheral vision).

You can get it in one eye or both.

Blurred book showing what vision is like for a person with early AMDA dark patch in the vision of someone with AMD

AMD can make things like reading, watching TV, driving or recognising faces difficult.

Other symptoms include:

  • seeing straight lines as wavy or crooked
  • objects looking smaller than normal
  • colours seeming less bright than they used to
  • seeing things that aren't there (hallucinations)

AMD isn't painful and doesn't affect the appearance of your eyes.


Sometimes AMD may be found during a routine eye test before you have symptoms.