Age-Related Macular Degeneration (cont.)
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You can't prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). But there are some steps you can take that may lower your risk of getting it.
Although there's no treatment that can cure age-related macular degeneration, there are steps you can take to keep it from getting worse. These steps may help prevent wet AMD if you already have the dry form:
Use the Amsler grid
People with AMD should check the vision in both eyes using an Amsler grid every day or as often as the doctor recommends. If any of the lines on the grid change or begin to appear wavy and curved, or if you notice that your vision is getting worse, call your doctor.
Living with reduced vision
Reduced vision or vision loss from AMD can affect your life in many ways. How much it will affect you depends on your lifestyle and on how bad your vision loss is. Work with your doctor to find ways to make the best use of your remaining vision. There are things that you can do to adjust and keep your quality of life as much as possible. For more information, see:
It is normal to feel unhappy about your loss of vision. But if your feelings of sadness are severe or do not improve, you may develop depression, which requires treatment. If you need help in dealing with your feelings about AMD, talk to your doctor and to your family and friends. Your doctor can also refer you to a counselor who specializes in helping people adjust to living with limited vision.
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