When Macular Degeneration steals your loved one’s eyesight, what’s next?

elderly parent with AMDWith baby boomers approaching retirement in large waves it is no surprise that the number of cases of Age-Related Macular Degeneration are climbing up as well. After all, one of the main causes of AMD is, unfortunately, age. Families who have never dealt with vision loss in the family might suddenly find themselves tending to a loved one who can no longer recognize their faces or read or drive by themselves.

While AMD is hard on the patient, it can be especially devastating for family members if unprepared.

How to recognize symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

As with any disease, treating early symptoms can make a huge difference and with proper treatment and targeted vitamin supplements the development of AMD can be positively altered.

Symptoms of AMD can vary per patient and they don’t all show up at once or on both eyes. The following is a short list of the most prevalent symptoms to look out for.

  • Your loved one now has a blurred or blind spot in the center of their field of vision
  • More light is required when reading
  • Your loved one finds it difficult to adapt to low lit areas
  • Printed words become slightly blurry
  • Colors do not seem as bright
  • Sometimes they may have difficulty recognizing faces
  • Overall vision is becoming hazy

If you notice your loved one may be experiencing changes in vision in the areas mentioned above, they should speak with their eye doctor particularly if they are older than 50.

When symptoms are at their early stages, many patients tend to either ignore or deny that something may be wrong with their sight. If you notice that a loved one is having difficulties reading menus, receipts or even recognizing faces at a close distance, it may be time to schedule an eye exam.

Treating AMD through team work

Adapting their environment and making it easier for them to maintain their independence is key and it will help maintain good spirits around the house as your loved one begins treatment. Using big fonts when writing or printing information, moving small objects away which may cause tripping hazards, adding lamps to dark rooms, and announcing your entrance by name are small things that will have a great impact on an AMD patient’s life.

What other tips can you offer to help loved ones deal with AMD? How are they dealing with the disease?

 

 

One thought on “When Macular Degeneration steals your loved one’s eyesight, what’s next?

  1. Reading books on this retinal condition helps patients and the caregivers understand the type of vision loss associated with age related macular degeneration. My father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration really appreciated reading books by others who have AMD, such as The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Daniel Roberts.

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