Any person with macular degeneration may not know of it’s presence in the beginning. That is why, yearly eye exams are extremely important.
When you visit your eye doctor, requesting a medical summary letter for yourself and your family will be helpful. You can manage your vision loss better if you take charge yourself. So, make your own medical file and keep it for future reference.
The file should include the visual acuity measurement of each eye, a description of the appearance of the retina, and the appearance of the macula. It should also include the tests performed as well as a prognosis and diagnosis or treatments recommended for vision loss. A well maintained file will be immensely in tracking your progress and finding new vision rehabilitation services.
Here are some useful questions to ask during an eye exams:
- How does the retina look?
- Do I have any drusen?
- Are the drusen small or large?
- Do I have more drusen than the previous year’s appointment?
- What is the appearance of the macula?
- Is there any sign of abnormal blood vessel growth under the retina?
Macular degeneration is just one eye disease causing vision loss. There are countless others, such as Retinitis pigmentosa, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Optic Nerve damage and the list goes on. During any stage of any vision loss disease, it is highly recommended you seek low vision services. Research has shown early intervention in learning to use low vision aids and devices can prevent patients from becoming discouraged or depressed. Learning new skills at an earlier stage and using vision loss aids helps to avoid a lot of uncalled for problems and pain points.
So why wait any longer? Make life easier and brighter by using low vision aids at the right time and live a fuller and independent life.