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Adapting to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Closeup of hands dialing large-button telephone.If you have vision loss from macular degeneration, you can continue many of the activities you do now. Vision aids can help you with tasks that need detailed vision. Keep monitoring your vision and call your healthcare provider if you notice any changes.

Use vision aids

Vision aids can help you continue to read, take care of yourself, and enjoy the world around you. Here are some types of vision aids:

  • Magnifiers and closed-circuit television devices for reading text

  • Check-writing guides and large print checks

  • Large-faced watches and large button phones

  • Books with large type and books on tape

  • Talking clocks and other talking devices

What you can do

Try the following to lower your risk of further vision loss:

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Eat healthy foods, especially green leafy vegetables and fish.

  • Take vitamins with lutein.

  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  • Control your weight.

  • Exercise regularly.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bogus, OD, FAAO, William J.,
Online Medical Reviewer: Haupert, Christopher L., MD
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2017
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