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My Blue Eyes and Dry AMD

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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Comments

  • sjor
    5 months ago

    I was about that age when diagnosed with dry MD too. About 3 years ago the right turned wet suddenly. Flashing lights and dark center vision was very scary. I guess I am stuck with injections for a while but at least I can see.

  • shelby-comito moderator
    5 months ago

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story Sharon @slh1! I can imagine those lifestyle changes were not easy to make – especially quitting smoking! – but I commend you for making your health a priority and am so thrilled to hear that it really seems to be making a difference for your vision health. Thank you for taking the time to share – we’re grateful you joined our community! – Shelby, MacularDegeneration.net Team Member

  • Andrea Junge moderator
    5 months ago

    Sharon, I can TOTALLY relate to your thoughts about losing central vision ‘only’ and diving into research and education to take charge of this disease. Thank you for sharing your story, I look forward to hearing more! Have heart, love it!
    -Andrea, MacularDegeneration.net Team Member

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