i'm not sure what I should do with my diagnosis of macular degeneration
Went in for a quick vision test as I was thinking of getting a prescription snorkeling mask.
I am 59. She simply told me that I had AMD (Dry) and beginning cataracts. The cataracts don't bother me as I know eventually I can have them removed. She gave me the little chart, said "I'm sorry"and walked me to the door.
What do I do now? I am going to go to another Optometrist for a 2nd opinion. I bought the vitamins I read about on the John Hopkins and Mayo Clinc websites.
I went in immediately to check on early retirement fearing that I would be unable to drive/read, etc. in the future.
However, I can't find anything which tells me a basic timeline. For instance, should I retire now and do my traveling while I can still drive and see things?
Since I am at the beginning stage - do I have several years (10+) before I will need to worry about the macular degeneration progressing?
I don't want to make sudden life decisions - yet I also don't want to lose out on some traveling and snorkeling because I waited too long. I am not well-to-do. Moderate income.
Anyone with a story of when they first found out they had age related macular degeneration and then the amount of time it took going step by step of macular drusen taking over?
Is there something else I should be doing or specialist I should be seeing?
Thanks for taking the time to share your situation and your concerns. Unfortunately, you are not alone in your experience with an eye professional - a diagnosis with little information or direction.
First, please make an appointment with a retina doctor. A retina doctor is an ophthalmologist that specializes in diseases of the retina.
Also read the page macular degeneration prognosis. Here you will find a link where others have shared about their own experience.
Although I think websites are great and full of good info, the two books I recommend for people like you to read are:
1. Macular Degeneration: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families
2. Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight
Both books are written by ophthalmologists who specialize in macular diseases.
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