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.
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