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Ten Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Macular Degeneration

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Learning you have macular degeneration can be a surprise. The best thing to do now is get the facts. Your doctor is your best ally.

Here are a few important questions that you should ask your doctor if you are diagnosed with macular degeneration.

  1. Do I have “wet” or “dry” macular degeneration? Does it affect both eyes?
  2. What stage is it in, early, intermediate, or advanced?
  3. What is the likelihood that my AMD will progress?
  4. What are my treatment options?  Do they include injections and are there new studies of other treatments?
  5. Can diet, exercise, supplements and other lifestyle changes help slow the progression of macular degeneration?
  6. Are my children and siblings at risk?  Should they be examined?
  7. What can I do to stay independent? What should I tell my family?
  8. How often do I need to get checkups?
  9. Can you recommend a retinal or macular degeneration specialist, a vision rehabilitation center, and support groups?
  10. Am I legally blind?  Should I register with the Commission for the Blind?

Questions prepared by William Sweet in consultation with Dr. Johanna M. Seddon M.D., Sc. M., Tufts Medical Center as Professor of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Founding Director of Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service at the New England Eye Center.