Tips on Living with Macular Degeneration
Macular Degeneration is a degenerative disease of the retina that causes visual distortion, blind spots or complete loss of central vision. When you have macular degeneration, your central vision starts to weaken; however, this diagnosis does not necessarily mean total blindness. Most patients retain their peripheral vision. It is understandable that a patient will have many questions about how to manage and cope with vision loss. The most effective way to deal with macular degeneration is through research and ingenuity.
Do your best to lead a healthy lifestyle
- Do not smoke
- Have a healthy diet (vegetables and food rich in Omega 3 fatty acids)
- Have your eyes checked regularly by your eye physician
- Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure down
- Protect your eyes from the sun. Wear sunglasses when out and about.
Home and Office
- Get rid of low furniture and clutter to reduce tripping or falling
- Use large labels to assist you locating items of need (pantry, medicine cabinet, gadgets, etc.)
- Night lights
- Reduce glare by using curtains, blinds or tinted glass
- A light colored décor helps
- Large flat screened TV
- A comfortable chair that can be positioned closed to the TV for easy and enjoyable watching
- Lamps that can be swiveled and directed to illuminate documents for ease of reading
- Purchase a LCD Flat Panel monitor for your computer. It is recommended to get a 19” or larger monitor.
- Your doctor can prescribe optical devices, such as magnifiers, prism lenses, closed circuit reading equipment, and verbal command operated software, just to name a few.
- Learn more about other low vision aids
Do not let it get to you!
- You are not alone – join a support group
- Seek professional counseling if needed
- Start a hobby
- Get out and about – use alternative forms of travel taxis, Uber, buses, and trains
- Reach out to family and friends
There is no doubt that getting a diagnosis of macular degeneration signifies changes in your lifestyle. Be proactive and seek help from your doctor, low vision organization and technology. By learning how to do things a little differently, you can continue to have a productive and enjoyable life.
At Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center we have board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists that can assist all people in their current eye care needs. Call today if you have any questions: 561-732-8005