Save your sight: Spot the signs

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can damage your sight in just three months. If you're over 50, you're most at risk. RNIB can help you spot the signs of AMD and other eye diseases.

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Signs and symptoms of AMD

Symptoms vary, but usually the first problem you'll notice is your ability to see detail. You may experience some or all of the following:

Blurred vision

Your peripheral vision is not affected and you won't feel any pain, but the centre of your vision is increasingly blurry.

Distorted vision

Straight lines appear to be wavy, curved or distorted. The centre of your vision is affected the most.

Unclear vision

Small print becomes difficult to read even when wearing reading glasses.


Distorted vision is another symptom of AMD

Unclear vision is an early symptom of AMD


If you have these symptoms

  • If you have any of these symptoms, visit your nearest optometrist.
  • If you notice a sudden change in your vision, visit your nearest A&E.

At RNIB we're there for you, every step of the way

Every day 100 people in the UK start to lose their sight. For some people, it's a gradual process. For others, it happens overnight. For all, it is life changing. 
We help people who've lost their sight continue to do the everyday things they love. We help people see themselves and their future in a more positive light. We campaign and work in partnerships to create a fairer, more inclusive society.

Get in touch for more information

AMD isn't the only eye condition that can affect your sight, particularly if you're aged 50 or over. Our Spot the signs guide will help you spot the signs and understand what treatments are available. For more information visit our eye health and emotional support pages, or you can call us on 0303 123 9999

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