Dry Macular Degeneration

by Dorieta
(Texas)

I am 72 and have recently been diagnosed. My vision has never been the best. I have worn glasses since primary school. My doctor said there is nothing that can really be done; but he said eye vitamins (ICaps) taken as directed and on the recommendation of your doctor research has shown to slow the progression in about 20% of people with dry macular degeneration.


I love to read etc. my pleasures usually come through my eyes and this has me very discouraged.

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by: Ronnie

My Mom was diagnosed with dry AMD in her mid 60's; she's now 83 years old and doing okay. Her retina doctor said her eyes have been quite stable for the past 2 years, although there has been some deterioration.

I believe she's doing well because she has been taking Zeaxanthin and Lutein. We buy it from Costco and she takes two per day. Perhaps you should ask your doctor about it. Good luck to you.

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Dry Macular Degeneration

by Jo Parslow
(London, uk)

I was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration two years ago. I was devastated. I have 6 certificates in art and design, and I haven't painted or drawn anything for a year.

Two years ago I made 4 bridesmaids dresses, 3 little sailor suits and one baby sailor dress for my daughter's wedding. Now I feel I can't even sew a button on. I have gone through all sorts of frustrating, hopeless, (I give up) periods with this debilitating disease. Now I am in I suppose a kind of remission.

I am not going to give into this, I am going to fight it. I feel strong, and have a plan which I have been doing ever since I was diagnosed. It seems to be working.

My most important change has been that I take daily 20 mg lutein, concentrated bilberry capsules and goji berry capsules.

Recent eye exams have shown proof that my macular disease has not gotten worse, in fact may have improved. Now I make plans for the future, with inspirational ideas, new art projects, that I think will be actually visually available to me.

I feel really positive about this. I hope my story is helpful to you. Bless.

Jo X

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Dry Macular Degeneration

by Candy
(Northern New Jersey)

I am 63. About 18 months ago, I was told I had mild macular degeneration.

Since then, I have been taking Bausch and Lomb Preservision daily and getting an exam with my retina specialist twice yearly.

At this time, I am stable with no loss of vision. But I am aware that that can change at any time and thoughts of how I will adjust are always with me.

I have hobbies, knitting and origami, that require reasonable sight, and I will keep doing them as long as possible. I also love birding, but I guess I can always bird by ear.

My mother, a heavy smoker, had wet macular degeneration, at a time when there was no treatment.

She never adjusted, complained constantly, and continued to drive while legally blind. She only stopped driving after I really scared her, reminding her that the lives of others could end if she continued behind the wheel. That was about 6 months before smoking-related illness killed her.

Hoping that my journey will be a bit easier. At least there are many more low vision aids available. I already use an e book reader and an Apple iPad, which have variable text sizes and contrast settings.

For my daughter's sake, I hope that more and better treatments become available in the future.

This web site is a great source of information on how to live with this disease.

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