Diagnosed with Macular Degeneration?
9 questions to ask your eye doctor about AMD
If you were recently told that you have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), you may be feeling overwhelmed and worried.
How will this diagnosis affect your life? Will you suffer vision loss? And how will you be able to adapt if you do suffer damage to your eyesight?
To answer your concerns, our IALVS eye doctors offer low vision assistance to help you cope practically and emotionally. We provide a full range of supportive services to ease your adjustment to your changing vision, and we will match you with the best low vision aids to help you continue to perform the day-to-day activities you are used to doing.
Every case of macular degeneration is different, and it’s essential to become well educated with the facts about your personal condition. After all, it’s much easier to cope when you know what you’re dealing with! To make sure that you are properly informed about your macular degeneration, our IALVS eye doctors have prepared the following list of 9 questions to ask your eye doctor:
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- What type of macular degeneration do I have? Wet or dry?
- What are the chances that my macular degeneration will progress?
- Are there any treatment options for macular degeneration? I’ve heard about injections, are they a suitable treatment for my condition? Is there anything else?
- Are there any lifestyle changes that I should make in order to help slow the progression of macular degeneration? Will diet or exercise or nutritional supplements have an effect?
- Am I considered legally blind, and should I register with the Commission for the Blind?
- What should I tell my family about this diagnosis? Is this genetic, and should I encourage them to also go for eye exams to be checked for macular degeneration?
- How frequently should I visit my eye doctor for eye exams?
- Should I visit a retinal or macular degeneration specialist, and can you recommend one?
- Are there any support groups for people with low vision due to macular degeneration?
Once you are armed with all of the answers to these questions, the confusion about your diagnosis of macular degeneration should be resolved. The only question that you may still have is how to make the most of your remaining eyesight, so you can stay independent and enjoy the daily activities you are used to doing. In response to that question, we encourage you to locate an IALVS eye doctor near you and book an eye exam and consultation.
Visit an IALVS eye doctor near you for low vision assistance
Our specially qualified, experienced eye doctors are experts in designing the most effective low vision rehabilitation for your needs. We will fit you with customized optics and train you in how to use low vision aids properly. Remember - a diagnosis of macular degeneration is not a reason to give up on your vision! Visit your local IALVS eye doctor for guidance on how to enhance and use your remaining eyesight.