Both dry and wet AMD cause no pain.
For dry AMD: the most
common early sign is blurred vision. As fewer cells in the
macula are able to function, people will see details less
clearly in front of them, such as faces or words in a book.
Often this blurred vision will go away in brighter light. If
the loss of these light-sensing cells becomes great, people
may see a small--but growing--blind spot in the middle of
their field of vision.
For wet AMD: the classic early symptom is that straight
lines appear crooked. This results when fluid from the
leaking blood vessels gathers and lifts the macula,
distorting vision. A small blind spot may also appear in wet
AMD, resulting in loss of one's central vision.