Tools for Living in Later Stages of Macular Degeneration

Later Stages of Macular Degeneration

Tools for Living in Later Stages of Macular Degeneration

Later stages of macular degeneration are associated with central vision loss, which may mean eventual legal blindness. Eyesight generally continues to worsen and makes performing daily tasks very difficult. As a result, living with the condition may prove challenging, if not frustrating, for many. Fortunately, there are several coping mechanisms to aid people in the process.


People who use prescription eyewear should get their eyeglasses checked regularly to make sure their prescription is suitable for them. Magnifiers, also referred to as telescopic lenses in some cases, are a way to enhance reading and similar work that requires close-up vision. Examples include adding telescopic lenses to prescription glasses, and using hand-held magnifying glasses.

Technology updates

A great way to cope with vision loss is to take advantage of modern day technology and use advanced tools. People can change computer interfaces by adjusting font size, altering contrast, increasing volume, and adding speech-input systems. Closed-circuit TV (CCTV) setups that project magnified images on a larger screen with a video camera are readily available.

Those who enjoy reading can find books, tablets, and cellphones with large print. Some electronic devices have options specifically for people with low vision. A number of them also employ voice recognition systems that can make life so much easier for those who are undergoing vision loss.  

Day to day modifications

Improving the power of home and office lights may facilitate the completion of daily activities while reducing the chance of accidents. Finding a shuttle or public transport is a convenient option for those who find it hard to see well while driving. The support of family or friends is favorable for completing everyday tasks in most scenarios.

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Taking vitamin supplements

Particularly for people in the moderate stages of macular degeneration, using a powerful mixture of supplements may assist in limiting the rate of vision loss. High amounts of antioxidant vitamins and minerals are known to fight against the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation in the retina. While these nutrients can also be found in everyday food, a supplement is a convenient and regulated way of getting an abundant supply.

A standard supplement regimen is composed of a combination of various ingredients, researched in the AREDS and AREDS2 studies. Vitamins C and E as well as small doses of lutein and zeaxanthin are reliable antioxidants. The addition of minimal amounts of zinc and copper further help to limit the degeneration of macular cells. Vitamin supplementation is especially beneficial for cases of wet macular degeneration. Care should be taken to consult medical professionals before starting these, but evidence shows that progression of the disease can be decreased with consistent use. Have you tried any of the above suggestions?


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Dr. Jenna Zigler, Eye Love

Dr. Jenna Zigler


Other Macular Degeneration articles by Dr. Zigler: Managing Macular Degeneration: Diet and Lifestyle; How Fast Does Macular Degeneration Progress?; Will I Go Blind From Macular Degeneration?

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