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Adapting to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

If you have vision loss from macular degeneration, you can continue with many of the activities you do now. Vision aids can help you with tasks that require detailed vision. Keep monitoring your vision and call your doctor 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 phones

  • Books with large type and books on tape

  • Talking clocks and other talking devices

Lighted magnifier

Check-writing guide

Large-button phone

Talking clock

What You Can Do to Lower the Risk

  • Don’t smoke

  • Eat healthy food, especially green leafy vegetables

  • Take vitamins with lutein

  • Control your blood pressure

  • Control your weight

  • Exercise

 

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