4 Ways to Take Control of Age-Related Vision Loss
Prevention & Treatment Macular degeneration is a commonly occurring form of age-related vision loss. But a diagnosis does not mean an end to quality of life.
Are you or someone you know experiencing blurring or a blind spot in the center of your vision? It might be age-related macular degeneration, a gradual, progressive, painless deterioration of the macula, which is the small area in the center of the retina that brings details into focus.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people aged 60 and older in the United States. Vision loss in adult years can have a dramatic impact on emotional well-being, daily life and independence. But it does not necessarily lead to a loss in quality of life if sufferers have access to the right information, tools and support.
Here are a few points to keep in mind:
1. You are not alone
Vision loss affects more than 6.5 million people in the United States aged 55 and over and from all walks of life. Don't be afraid to reach out to others experiencing vision loss, as well as to vision loss professionals, for information, advice and encouragement.
2. You can continue to lead a full, rewarding life
If you're willing to make adjustments, there is no reason not to continue to enjoy your favorite hobbies and activities, participate in family activities, do volunteer work, or travel.
3. You don't have to stop working
With technical assistance and a few basic adjustments, most people who develop vision loss are able to remain in the work force—even continue in their current jobs.
4. You can remain independent
Whether you are experiencing a modest vision decline or are facing total vision loss, affordable and accessible solutions and tools exist to help you to cook your meals safely, navigate your home, pay your bills and perform other essential tasks on your own. Better still, new advances in technology designed for people with vision loss are entering the marketplace almost daily, while mainstream products, such as computers and home appliances, can be adapted for your use with simple modifications.