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Loss of Central Vision

When central vision is absent, images appear distorted or hazy, and peripheral vision is also affected to some degree. People with a loss of central vision have a limited ability to see fine detail and colour and have difficulty with close-up tasks such as reading, writing or recognizing faces. This condition is most often caused by macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in Canada, which primarily affects adults over 50.

View of a building with full vision.
View of a building with loss of central vision.