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You have MacD, now what?

A diagnosis of macular degeneration often feels like the end of the world. You’re busy, you have a life, maybe you’re about to retire or have plans to travel. It may feel like you are losing control and losing a part of yourself.

We understand. You are in the right place for the resources to let you know what this all means.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects central vision. This means that people with macular degeneration can’t see things directly in front of them. This common age-related eye condition mostly occurs in people over the age of 50.

Macular degeneration affects your macula, the central part of your retina. Your retina is in the back of your eye and controls central vision. People with macular degeneration aren’t completely blind. Their peripheral vision (ability to see things off to the sides) is fine.

Source: Cleveland Clinic

Where is the macula?

The macula is located in the center of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina instantly converts light or an image into electrical impulses. The retina then sends these impulses, or nerve signals, to the brain.

AMD has three stages, all of which may occur in one or both eyes.

  1. Early AMD. People with early AMD have either several small drusen or a few medium-sized drusen. At this stage, there are no symptoms and no vision loss.
  2. Intermediate AMD. People with intermediate AMD have either many medium-sized drusen or one or more large drusen. Some people see a blurred spot in the center of their vision. More light may be needed for reading and other tasks.
  3. Advanced AMD. In addition to drusen, people with advanced dry AMD experience geographic atrophy, which is a gradual breakdown of the light-sensitive cells and supporting tissue in the central retinal area. This breakdown causes a blurred spot in the center of your vision. Over time, the blurred spot may get bigger and darker, taking more of your central vision.

What is it like living with macular degeneration?

Hilda Sharf Talks about Living with MacD

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“The retina is an incredibly thin tissue in the back of the eye, delicate like a butterfly’s wing, and is the key to vision.  If the retina doesn’t work, nothing else matters.” – Dr. Murray.  Learn more fascinating information about the AMD diagnosis by listening to this podcast.

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An at-home eye test that can help detect early signs of retinal disease and help track the progression.

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FAQs About Macular Degeneration

“Vision is not just what we see; it’s also the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Despite the challenges of low vision or macular degeneration, remember that our true vision comes from within – from our strength, resilience, and the way we choose to navigate life’s obstacles with courage and determination.”