Talking to Your Doctor About Macular Degeneration
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Ask your doctor if he or she has any material you can take home with you so you and your family can learn more about this disease.
- What type of macular degeneration do I have?
- Do I have it in one or both eyes? If it’s only in one eye, what is my risk of developing it in the other eye?
- How severe is my condition? What is my degree of visual impairment?
- What can I do to prevent my condition from getting worse?
- What treatments are available for macular degeneration?
- Would I benefit from surgery?
- Do you know of any counselors who treat people who are visually impaired?
- Do you know of any support groups that would benefit me?
- What resources do you know of that could help me?
- Can you refer me to a social worker who works with people that are visually impaired?
- Where can I find a low-vision professional who can help me with vision aids and devices?
- Should I be registered with the Commission for the Blind?
What lifestyle changes can help me to manage my condition? What should I do about:
- Smoking (or other substances such as alcohol or drugs)
- Are there certain drugs that I should not take?
- What do I need to do to protect my eyes?
- What is the outlook for my condition?
- Will it get progressively worse? If so, how fast can I expect the progression to be?
- Is there anything I can do to slow down the progression of this condition?
- Should my family members be screened for macular degeneration?
American Macular Degeneration Foundation website. Available at: http://www.macular.org/.
Macular Degeneration Foundation website. Available at: http://www.eyesight.org/.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -
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