Sunglasses?

by Dave
(Chicago)

68 years old, just diagnosed with dry AMD recently.


I have slightly high blood pressure, controlled by medication, but it moves up and down a bit. I had total kidney failure 4 years ago, which miraculously resolved. A one in a million thing. Right now I have chronic kidney disease with no symptoms or real treatment either.

I smoked when I was younger but haven't touched tobacco for years.
My vision history is (was) good, no real troubles. Mildly near sighted,, use bifocals for reading, but I often went without glasses because I functioned pretty well without them.

Cataracts cropped up recently, but they are very early and I'm years away from needing surgery. Anyways, back to the AMD. I went to a retina specialist at the advice of my regular ophthalmologist. Reason for the visit was floaters and some random flashes on the edge of my vision.

The exam was not fun. I didn't expect what I got.
I was told that the floaters are likely nothing to worry about.
Then the retina specialist told me I have AMD. I was shocked and couldn't get my brain in gear to ask questions. I've been depressed a bit ever since. The idea that it can get worse at any moment without warning is disconcerting.

I still work because I have to, and this could very well cause an abrupt end to my ability to earn the kind of money I need to live on. Scary.
I know my issue is dry AMD, but I don't know at what stage.
I was told about the vitamins, and believe me I'm not about to miss taking therm even once.

I was told to get sunglasses, but I'm not sure how to deal with that either. So far, I went to my neighborhood optician and purchased a pair of prescription sunglasses. I'm not sure if that's really what I need. She wasn't overly helpful or full of advice. There is a lot of different advice on line regarding sunglasses for AMD people, and I just don't know what the right thing is to do. I've read about UV protection, blue light issues, wrap arounds to block all light, over glass items, etc.

Any suggestions?

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May 23, 2018
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Sunglasses
by: Nance

My retina specialist told me the best sunglasses were the ones that blocked the blue rays and I have been using the BluBlocker glasses, the nonprescription type that fit over my regular glasses.

I started out 11 years ago with the left eye going from dry AMD to wet overnight. At that point, it was a total vision loss but with immediate treatment started with Lucentis injections and I have recovered a lot of the sight. Then about four years ago I noticed changes in the right eye which had been diagnosed with dry macular degeneration. Now I am receiving injections every 6 weeks in both eyes.

I can still see quite well for most things. I don't drive very far and I am not comfortable on the interstate so limits many places I can go safely. I can still read - sometimes with the print enlarged on the computer. Find lighting is the most critical.

My doctor also recommended the ARED vitamins and I take them faithfully. Actually, I would continue doing as your doctor recommends, enjoying each day your vision hasn't changed. You may be one of the lucky ones that the dry never does progress to the wet version.

I am 83 and still doing quite well after eleven years with macular degeneration.

Wishing you all the best in this journey.

May 23, 2018
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Good work educating yourself
by: Rosemary

I was also shocked when I learned about the dry AMD I had in both eyes but five or more years later, the dry AMD has not yielded noticeable vision changes.

I've got wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection and another pair of sunglasses which I can read with. UV protection and, like my regular glasses, with a coating to protect my eyes from whatever comes out of computers (which I use a lot).

Three years ago my left eye developed wet AMD. Again, I went into shock cause it definitely created a blurry spot in the middle of my vision. I got shots in my eye to prevent it from worsening but after 3 months, that eye has become stable. And has remained stable for about 14 months so far.

Our brains are so marvelous. Mine uses my right (good) eye to be the lead on vision. In addition to taking the vision vitamins I eat lots of fish and leafy green vegetables. I wear sunglasses inside even if there are big windows in the room. BTW, new research on lutein (which is in the vitamins) is now shown to help brain function in seniors.

May 23, 2018
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Dry AMD.
by: margaretnonymous

Please read all you can on this web site, as it is one of the best you'll get.

When you are first diagnosed with AMD it does scare you, no doubt about it. As you say vitamins help, especially Macushield Gold. They can be expensive, as all have to be bought now.(no prescriptions).
Let us know how you get on. DO NOT WORRY.

May 22, 2018
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by: Sue

My mother has AMD since she was 50 yrs old. She is 92 now. She was advised to wear the amber wrap-around glasses when she is outside. She has been eating good foods that aid the retina - like green, leafy veggies. She takes the AREDS vitamins. My mother has dry AMD. She has not gone wet. In all this time, the doctors have said there is no cure. It is only recently that her vision has gotten worse - after all this time. Don’t panic. Follow the doctors recommendations. Go for your check-ups.

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