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Adapting to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

If you have vision loss from macular degeneration, you can continue many of the activities you do now. Vision aids can help you with tasks that need detailed vision. Keep monitoring your vision and call your healthcare provider if you notice any changes.

Use vision aids

Vision aids can help you continue to read, take care of yourself, and enjoy the world around you. Here are some types of vision aids:

  • Magnifiers and closed-circuit television devices for reading text

  • Audio recording and playback options on smart phones, computers, and tablets

  • Check-writing guides and large print checks

  • Large-faced watches and large-button phones

  • Books with large type and books on tape

  • Talking clocks and other talking devices

    Closeup of hands pressing button on large-button phone.

What you can do

Try the following to reduce your risk of further vision loss:

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Have regular eye exams.

  • See your doctor right away if your symptoms worsen or you have new vision problems.

  • Eat healthy foods, especially green leafy vegetables and fish.

  • Take vitamins with lutein.

  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  • Control your weight.

  • Exercise regularly.

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