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Coping Strategies for Living with Macular Degeneration

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7. Coping Strategies for Living with Macular Degeneration
The FDA recently approved an implantable telescope that may help people with macular degeneration regain some of their sight and aid them in object recognition and reading. This first of its kind technology is exciting news for the estimated 11 million people living with macular degeneration.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading, setting appliance dials and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. AMD causes no pain. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

While the new telescope is certainly a breakthrough, it is still in the early stages of development and is not a cure.  Those with the condition must still educate themselves about the best strategies and treatments available to help them cope. Don Golembiewski teaches a course on macular degeneration at The Hadley School for the Blind (www.hadley.edu) and offers these top tips for learning to live with the condition.

Get the facts- While there is a wealth of knowledge available about AMD, from the Internet to various vision and health organizations, it’s important for consumers to separate fact from fiction. Many misconceptions are prevalent when it comes to macular degeneration. For example, many people are told that they will never go totally blind from macular degeneration. But in reality, macular degeneration is a leading cause of legal blindness.  “Hadley gives people all the information—the correct information—in order to make the best choices for themselves and their health,” says Golembiewski.

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