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Medical History for Macular Degeneration


Medical History for Macular Degeneration

Answers to the questions below help your doctor determine whether you might have a macular problem, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

  • Have you found that you need more light to read than you have in the past?
  • Is it getting harder to recognize people's faces until they are close up?
  • Do bright colors appear dim or faded?
  • Is there is a "blind" spot in the center of your vision? How long have you had the blind spot?
  • Do straight lines look wavy? Do objects appear distorted or smaller than they used to?
  • How quickly have these changes in your vision developed? Over several months or weeks? A few days? A few hours?
  • Have changes affected just one eye or both?
  • Do you smoke? (Smoking increases your risk of AMD.)
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Has anyone else in your family had macular degeneration?
  • Are you taking any medicines? Which ones? (Certain medicines can cause temporary vision problems.)

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerSteven T. Charles, MD - Ophthalmology
Last RevisedJuly 20, 2011

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