Living with AMD
Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the UK and affects in the region of 3.5 million people. Eyesight is hugely important and so being diagnosed with a condition such as AMD can be very distressing and difficult to come to terms with.
However it is worth noting that AMD very rarely leads to total loss of sight and many people living with AMD continue to lead normal, happy lives.
Take back control. Taking steps to manage your own health is empowering. Try to learn as much as you can about AMD from websites such as this and don’t be afraid to ask your Eye Health Professional or Doctor for more information if there are things you don’t understand.
Reduce your risk factors. There are lots of practical lifestyle changes you can make that may help to slow the progress of AMD from quitting smoking to improving your diet. See Causes: Are you at Risk?
Research shows that people living with AMD who take part in support groups or join self-help programs will cope better than those who “suffer in silence”. It is helpful to interact with others that are in the same situation and to share information.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the Macular Disease Society can offer information on a wide range of helpful services and support programs putting you in touch with services available in your area and beyond.