Macular Degeneration Help

Macular degeneration help is available from many different resources and not only for those with this retinal condition but for their caregivers as well.


Patient Aid for Macular Degeneration Drugs

There are programs by the pharmaceutical companies that can assist you with the cost of drugs like Macugen, Lucentis, and Avastin. Each drug company has different criteria, but I have included their contact telephone numbers if you want to see if you qualify.

√ For Financial Assistance for Macugen call the Macugen Access Program at 1-866-272-8838.

√ For Financial Assistance for Lucentis call the Genentech Access Solutions Support Line at 1-888-249-4918.

√ For Financial Assistance for Avantis call the Genentech Access Solutions Support Line at 1-888-249-4918.

Living with Macular Degeneration

Get practical tips on living with macular degeneration.

Learn how to use contrast to see your dishes or to find your bathroom towel.

Read what others who have macular degeneration are sharing about how to improve your environment for better visibility and how to best utilize the vision that you do have.

Living with Macular Degeneration

Lessons from Pepi - the Patient

Pepi Noble was diagnosed with macular degeneration at age 50.

Almost 20 years later she has some lessons she has learned about aids for macular degeneration as well as services and training that has helped her maintain her independence. Suggested Training for Macular Degeneration from Pepi

Macular Degeneration Resource Books

Although there is lots of great information on macular degeneration on the internet, it still is no substitute for well written comprehensive information.

There are many great macular degeneration resource books to help guide you in prevention, treatment and every day living with AMD. Books, written by macular degeneration specialists and patients who have adapted to their disease, offer so much insight and information regarding all aspects of this degenerative eye disease.

I've read them all and give my reviews here:

Macular Degeneration Resource Books

Help for Caregivers

Do you care for a husband, wife, mother or father who has macular degeneration? I have seen how my mother-in-law, who cares for my father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration, has taken on new roles and responsibilities has his vision has deteriorated over the years.

Chris Roberts knows all about being a caregiver as well. She is the wife of Dan Roberts the Director of www.MDSupport.org and the author of The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.

Dan's vision has been affected by macular degeneration and central serous retinopathy. Chris shares with us how living with someone with macular degeneration has been for her and how she and Dan are partner's together in this journey. Help for Caregivers

Macular Degeneration Support

Macular degeneration support groups may be found in your local area or you may find that the best place for AMD support is on-line.

On line support and monthly tele-support seminars are available for those with macular degeneration or for their friends and family members.

Click here to learn more: Macular Degeneration Support

Driving with Low Vision

driving with low vision

The affects of age related macular degeneration (AMD) on driving is different for each person and for the driving conditions.

For instance on a very sunny day, glare can impair your ability to see. People with AMD often have problems with glare and the ability to see objects or cars when there is little contrast - like a white car on a snowy day or a black car at night.

To learn more about how macular degeneration impacts ones driving ability click here: Driving with Low Vision

Eccentric Viewing

Eccentric viewing is a technique that helps adults and children maximize their vision through learning to view objects with their peripheral vision.

Eccentric viewing training teaches a person to look slightly to the side so that the blind spot or scotoma is not in their central field of vision Eccentric Viewing

Tax Benefits

In the U.S. if you have visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with best correction possible you are considered legally blind.

You may qualify for a special federal tax deduction. You also may qualify for state and property tax deductions.

Check with your tax adviser and your local government.

Free Eye Exams

Macular Degeneration help is available through EyeCare America. EyeCare America is a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Eye care is provided through volunteer ophthalmologists at no cost to those who qualify.

It offers free eye exams for people 65 and older who meet these qualifications:

√ Are age 65 and older

√ Are US citizens or legal residents

√ Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years

√ Do not belong to an HMO or the VA

People may refer anytime, for themselves and/or family members or friends to see if they qualify for a free eye exam or to request free AMD educational material. Click her to go to:

EyeCare America

Go from Macular Degeneration Help to WebRN Macular Degeneration Home

Would you like to be updated on the latest:

√ Clinical Trials?

√ Prevention of Macular Degeneration?

√ Tips for Daily Living?

√ Food Suggestions for a Macular Degeneration Diet?

√ Ideas on Visual Aids to Maximize your Sight?

If you said "yes" to any of the above, sign up for my monthly Macular Degeneration News.

Enter your E-mail Address
Enter your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you WebRN-Macular Degeneration News.