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Life With Low Vision

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Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, people may find completing daily tasks they were once comfortable doing, become a great struggle.

Here are some things you can do to help you live more comfortably with Age-Related Macular Degeneration:

Lighting

Good lighting can make a big difference in aiding with vision when it comes to reading a book or knitting.

Having too much or too little light can be dangerous for a person’ with low vision, so it is extremely important to test out different lights and their levels.

Eating The Right Stuff

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Eating the right kind of food cannot reverse macular degeneration, but it can help control it or prevent it from developing.

Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables: Antioxidants fight against oxidation, which is a part of the process of AMD. Dark, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, mustard greens and collard greens are great because they contain lutein, which is a critical antioxidant. Fruits and vegetables are also stock full of antioxidants. Red grapes, peppers, corn, oranges, cantaloupe and mango are great choices.

Eat Fish: People who eat fish 2-3 times a week have a much lower risk of developing AMD, because of the Omega-3.

Control your Fat Intake: Research has shown that the amount of saturated fats consumed in diets is a big problem for people with low vision.

Computers

Computers can help people with low vision with their work, shopping, banking, etc.

Changing the settings on your computer can help with brightness and dimness, font size and much more.

Also, choosing the right pair of glasses is important in working with computers. Distance glasses are designed to focus on objects at 20 feet.  Reading glasses are designed to focus at 12 to 16 inches when you look down.  Choose glasses that focus specifically on your computer screen.  They should also have a filter that will reduce glare.

Driving

Driving with low vision is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all cost.

If you are having symptoms of age-related Macular Degeneration, schedule a comprehensive eye examination today.

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