Day-to-day life with AMD
Over one million older people in France currently have to live with AMD and its impact on everyday tasks. Despite the discomfort and vision difficulties involved, several solutions exist to assist those affected and improve their sight.
AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, is a degenerative disease of the retina which generally affects people aged over fifty. It causes a progressive loss of finely-detailed central vision. Even if people affected don’t actually become blind, they do have to adapt their daily lives due to the significant impact of the condition.
To cope best with this partial loss of autonomy, it’s essential to be mindful of your movements and have confidence in yourself. In fact, the body is capable of memorizing your habitual actions, as well as familiar places, so it’s possible to do certain tasks solely based on instinct.
It’s also a good idea to carefully arrange the inside of your home in order to facilitate your movements, or rely on people close to you for help. However, don’t be afraid to use your eyes, so that they continue to get some exercise, as this will help slow down the progression of the disease.
Various types of low vision aid can also help simplify certain activities.
Vision rehabilitation and its benefits
Vision rehabilitation refers to the range of techniques that make the most of the remaining sight of patients suffering from AMD.
Through targeted exercises that are recommended by ophthalmologists and orthoptists, it’s possible to learn to use the peripheral retina and to regain a level of comfort in everyday life.
Essential psychological support
Any chronic disease that has a serious impact on daily life can be a source of anxiety and have an effect on the psychological health of patients.
Cases of depression are therefore higher than for the general population. This is why it’s important to take time to speak to a psychologist or psychiatrist, or contact a patient support group in order to feel listened to and guided as you adjust to this situation.