Early Onset Macular Degeneration at 40
In October I went in for my regular eye appointment. I left with an Amsler grid, information about supplements for Macular Degeneration, and an appointment with a retina specialist. At 40 that was not what I was expecting to hear.
When I went to the retina specialist his first words were something like—I doubt you have macular degeneration at your age. After an examination and several tests I’ve been diagnosed with early onset macular degeneration. I’ve been dealing with focus/blurriness since about age 35 but have had no changes in my optical prescription. Since December I’ve been struggling with light sensitivity especially to glare and am about to the point where I can longer drive at night.
In November, I turned 41; I’m an art teacher and a mom to two young children. Macular degeneration wasn’t exactly on my radar. I’m just taking it all in but I could easily throw a pitty party and become anxious of what will become of the future. I’m instead choosing to use the vision I have right now to enjoy each moment, using each day to be proactive to protect the vision I still have, and trusting God to provide what I need for today’s challenges and everyday after.
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