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Adults over 50 should get an annual test for the condition, said Dr. Ingrid Scott, a professor of ophthalmology at Penn State College of Medicine.
Blurry or distorted vision could be symptoms of age-related macular degeneration, not just inevitable signs of growing old, she said.
"The symptoms of age-related macular degeneration develop as people get older, and many times people think the symptoms are due to a cataract or are an inevitable part of aging, so they don't go to get a dilated eye examination," Scott said in a school news release.
But the eye disorder is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people age 50 and older in developed countries, she said.
About 1.7 million Americans 40 and older have age-related macular degeneration, according to Scott.
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SOURCE: Penn State, news release, April 2018