My Blue Eyes and Dry AMD

Last updated: September 2019

Hello, I am a 64-year-old woman with bilateral dry AMD, diagnosed when I was 58 years of age. My first clue that something was not quite right with my eyes was not being able to see clearly at night or on cloudy days. When the doctor spoke those words, macular degeneration, I felt a punch to my gut. I could not breathe. I am a retired ER nurse and immediately thought... going blind. Oh I knew that AMD only affects the central vision but still not to be able to see my loved ones, drive, and be independent... I was scared. I was terrified.

But after regaining my senses I dove straight into research, educating myself as much as possible. I was bound and determined to be proactive and take charge of this devasting disease to the best of my means.

Proactive lifestyle changes

Well, here I am nearly six years later and there is no real difference to my sight. Is mine a slow progression? Perhaps or maybe becoming proactive has made a difference.

I quit smoking! That’s a big one. I eat greens and other vegetables every day, along with wild caught salmon three times weekly, exercise, and I wear approved amber color lens fit-over sunglasses that block at least 90% of blue light. I also have a blue light blocking protective cover for my iPad and phone.

I take the approved AREDS 2 vitamins since my dr told me my one eye is in the medium classification. I had genetic testing done through my doctor so I know I am not zinc sensitive. And, I joined support groups such as this one 😊

Have heart

I understand that to date, there is no recognized treatment for dry AMD but there is plenty of ongoing research and trials taking place throughout the world. So to other members, I say... have heart that perhaps someday soon, there will be treatments for dry AMD and in the meanwhile, be proactive in your daily care. Read and educate yourself and yes, eat that darn kale and spinach.

My name is Sharon 💙

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