Sunglasses?

by Dave
(Chicago)

I am 68 years old and 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 sited, 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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Jun 26, 2018
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Sunglasses and Dry Macular Degeneration
by: SueAnonymous

Hi - My mother has dry AMD, but I’ve been with her on her journey. What you write about with the wrap-arounds with UV protection, closed at the top and sides are what my mother’s eye doctor recommends as well as her group from Association for the Visually Impaired. Always wear this form of protection when you are outside - even driving. It will help with your cataracts too.

My mother has had AMD for over 40 yrs. She was diagnosed at the age of 50. She eats all the green, leafy veggies and tomatoes, and takes the eye vitamins. She can still see TV, but she can’t recognize peoples faces too well. She can’t read too well anymore either. She listens to books on tape instead.

Her eyes didn’t really take a turn until she was 85 when she had a lot of stress going on. But her sight was still good for over 30 yrs before that stressful time. But she never went to wet AMD. And now she is 92 yrs old. Don’t stress and do what the doctor tells you. I feel the eye vitamins do help. Plus a good diet.

Jun 26, 2018
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Sunglasses and Macular Degeneration
by: Anonymous

Hi. I was lucky and had a terrific optometrist. I wear wrap-around sunglasses with UV protection. Very cute, actually.

I had dry AMD for years before I got wet AMD in one eye. But I can still see well enough to drive. I can read well on computers but have some trouble with print books.

Read lots of books on the topic. My retinal ophthalmologist said it's very difficult to predict what any one person's prognosis and future will be. I haven't needed treatment for the wet AMD for about 15 months. I take the vitamins and eat lots of fatty fish and leafy greens.

Jun 26, 2018
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AMD Diagnosis
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with advanced AMD during a consult for cataract surgery last year.
Since then I have talked to one other opthomologist & 3 optometrists.
Each have told me they don’t agree with the diagnosis although I have 2 large drusen but no visual symptoms of AMD.
I’ve been told even with a diagnosis of dry AMD it may never affect my vision in a negative way.
I take my AREDS2 & wear brown sunglasses.
These comments are intended to give you hope.

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