How does macular degeneration affect daily life?

Changes in one’s vision can be extremely upsetting and frustrating. People with macular degeneration will have to adjust their everyday lives to cope with their worsening vision. Depending on the degree of vision impairment, people with macular degeneration may experience problems doing activities such as reading, driving, recognizing faces, and seeing objects clearly. 
 
People with macular degeneration may need to use magnifying devices when doing things such as reading and other close-up activities. In addition, they may need to use electronic reading aids, and/or other special appliances made for people with decreased vision. It may become too dangerous for them to drive and they made need to consider other transportation options as well.  Joining a support group may be helpful in coping with these vision and lifestyle changes. 
 
Some complications of macular degeneration include:
 
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Progression from dry macular degeneration to wet macular degeneration causing a quick decrease in vision loss if left untreated
 
living with macular degeneration
 
 

Sources
  • "Dry macular degeneration." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 04 Aug. 2017. Web. 06 Nov. 2017.
  • “Macular Degeneration Health Center.” WebMD, n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2017. 

 

 

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