Millions of people have macular degeneration and millions of them continue to do everything they always did. AMD does not cause blindness; there is always sight available. The peripheral vision you retain can be used very effectively. Reading becomes difficult, but there are solutions for every problem.In this part of the website, we’ll share information about how to live with AMD and the low vision that comes with it. There are some practical tips and also information to help you deal with the emotional issues that may come up.
Take these two first steps now –
- Learn all you can about AMD. This website can help. To get more information from your doctor, you may want to print out the “Things to Ask Your Doctor” list.
- Control your risk factors and make changes to your lifestyle. Things you do every day may help to slow AMD. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to review “Good Habits” and “Bad Habits”.
Driving With AMD:
This issue is a particularly sensitive one for seniors who also have macular degeneration or other conditions that impair their vision. Driving means independence and most people want to hold on to their cars as long as possible. When is it time to stop?
What you eat can make a difference in macular degeneration. Dozens of studies, involving thousands of people around the world confirm some important guidelines for diet. It’s not all about the dark green leafy vegetables, though.
Ultraviolet light and blue light can damage your retina and may increase your chances of developing macular degeneration. They can also speed up its development. Therefore, it is extremely important to protect your eyes when you are out of doors.
If you have intermediate AMD already, your doctor may recommend taking a supplement that has been proven to slow the progression and vision loss from AMD. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a 10 year study of 3500 people with AMD.
Research has shown that people with AMD who participate in support groups or self-help programs do much better than those who “go it alone”. It’s encouraging to interact with others who are in the same situation and to share information. Taking charge of your own health is empowering.