Your central vision is damaged but not blocked completely. It means you can still see things, although not clearly, as your vision is misty or hazy.
There are some strategies you can use called eccentric viewing and the steady eye strategy. You may not need these, but they could be helpful depending on what task you’re trying to do. You’ll probably benefit from specific lighting (known as task lighting) to help with what you’re doing, as well as using larger print size and/or magnification aids.
If you find it’s challenging to read larger text or use a magnifier for long periods of time, try listening to audio books, newspapers and magazines instead.
Your central vision loss appears as a ring, with some healthy vision in the very centre, then a ring of damaged vision and healthy outer (peripheral) vision.
If you have a ring scotoma but the very centre of the retina is healthy, you might find a strategy called the steady eye strategy helpful. You may also find reading a smaller print size easier as you can fit it into the area of healthy vision at the centre of the ring.
You have areas of damaged vision scattered across the centre with healthy vision in between. Depending on what areas of the retina are damaged, you might find using magnification helpful. It’s also worth considering using strategies called eccentric viewing and the steady eye strategy.
You normally only notice this form of central vision damage when looking at straight lines such as blinds, fences or lamppost, as they appear wavy or distorted. You might find some strategies called eccentric viewing and the steady eye strategy helpful.