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Still coming to terms with what this means for my life.

I was diagnosed with dry MD about a year ago after treatment for a retinal tear. The retina specialist talks mostly about watching for problems with the retina, not my MD. It was called mild at that time. Now, it's listed as intermediate. I have been taking AREDs for the past year. From some comments here, I think being overweight and having HBP might have effects on this. Where can I get good information on living with this?

  1. personally, I'm not aware of any specific research that shows being overweight or having high blood pressure affects macular degeneration, although my new retinal specialist does check my blood pressure. I think it's more a matter of trying to be as healthy as you can, without stressing too much about it. If we exercise, eat well and try to keep a reasonable weight it benefits our whole body. I might add I am not always successful in these endeavours! Wendy, Patient Leader.

    1. Thanks.

    2. you're very welcome! Good luck in your endeavours and with your vision. And I'll also add that my blurry areas and wiggly lines on the Amsler Grid aren't right in the middle, either. My doctor says I'm "lucky" in that regard. Best wishes, Wendy, Patient Leader.

  2. this article explains how lifestyle impacts macular degeneration and healthy choices to help slow the progression. Do you check for vision changes with the Amsler grid? If you need one let me know. Regards, Sharon Moore patient leader

    1. I learned about the Amsler grid from this community. Many doctors are so busy they fail to mention it. What ones sees varies with the individual. What is important is to learn what is “normal “ for you at this time. Then check it frequently to check for changes. My area of blurring isn’t only in the center. Best wishes, Sharon Moore patient leader

    2. I am glad you found some new information to help you. I try to read all that I can about my disease to help me cope. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Regards, Sharon Moore patient leader

  3. Go to a retina speciallist without delay. Accept the diagnosis you get, or get a second opinion. Doctors are doctors, but retina specialists know how to deal with AMD that is dry or wet. And they know of new frontiers helping treat or right this disease. I'm in m6 17th year of treatment and see well with both eyes with corrective lenses.

    1. thanks for sharing great advice and encouragement. It’s great you still see well after 17 years. Regards, Sharon Moore patient leader

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