Macular degeneration help is available from many different resources that can provide practical ways to maintain one's independence to emotional support for daily struggles.
AMD support for those with macular degeneration is available from many organizations in the United States and Internationally.
From local support groups, to phone chats to free newsletters, you can find encouragement and tips on how to live your best life with vision loss. 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.
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) 941-3331.
√ For Financial Assistance for Avantis call the Genentech Access Solutions Support Line at 1-888-249-4918.
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.
Although there is plenty of great information on macular degeneration on the internet, it still is no substitute for well written comprehensive information.
There are many helpful 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:
A free Visual Skills Workbook for those with macular degeneration by Leslie Burkhardt, a low vision specialist, provides tips on focusing your eyes, the best eye position, lighting and lamps, reading exercises, etc.
You can order your free large print easy to read edition from Prevent Blindness.org
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 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
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.
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