End Stage Age Related Macular Degeneration

End Stage Age Related Macular Degeneration

End-Stage Age-Related Macular DegenerationEnd Stage Age Related Macular Degeneration

Supporting and caring for someone with the end-stage age-related macular degeneration is a tough job. We don’t realize how much we rely on our vision until it starts to diminish. People living with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) reportedly experience increased depression and stress.   It’s important to provide both practical and emotional support as the disease progresses. Simultaneously, make sure to take care of yourself.  Even the most devoted caregiver needs a break to feel refreshed and ready to take on the next challenge. The good news is that treatment for AMD can slow progression, which means you and your loved one can “see” a bright future ahead. End Stage Age Related Macular Degeneration
Linda T., from Schenectady, NY, was helping her mother, Patty G. almost daily as her vision worsened due to age-related macular degeneration. Though Patty still lived in the home where she raised her children, Linda visited to help her with shopping, getting to medical appointments and other daily life tasks, like cooking and bill paying. Embarrassed that she couldn’t recognize friends and family any more, Patty also found herself withdrawing from her life, which was hard on the entire family. It was Linda who discovered that Patty would benefit from the telescope implant for end-stage AMD. She brought Patty to her ophthalmologist to learn about it, then accompanied her to the out-patient surgery and practiced the exercises Patty’s occupational therapists prescribed to master her new vision. Today, Patty can see the faces of her family, read and watch TV, and even travel independently. She walks to her local stores and can navigate train stations. (Driving is not an expected outcome from this procedure because normal vision is not restored.) End-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration
The telescope implant is one of the newest treatments for AMD and the only FDA approved surgical option. Like the other treatments, it is not a cure for AMD, but it is proven to restore vision and improve quality of life. Patients must be at least 65 years old and meet other health requirements. Most importantly, their cataract must be in place in the eye to be operated one. The procedure is Medicare eligible. Supporting End-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration
For more information visit www.CentraSight.com or call toll-free 977-99-SIGHT
End-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Kimberly Johnson

As Senior.com Director of Sales and Marketing, Kimberly Johnson is passionate about providing Seniors with the resources and products to live well.  Kimberly is a seasoned caregiver to her family and breast cancer survivor.  Her father battled ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and she was a primary caregiver.  Today Kimberly lives in Southern California near her 104-year-old grandmother, widowed mother, a mentally disabled sister and second sister who is also a breast cancer survivor.  She is happily married to her husband of 24 years and they have 3 children.

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