You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential
to talk with your doctor or health care provider about your personal
risk factors and/or experience with macular degeneration. By
talking openly and regularly with your health care provider,
you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to
your health care provider:
- 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
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you
understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if
- 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.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider
About Macular Degeneration
- 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
- What can I do to prevent my condition from getting
About Treatment Options
- What treatments are available for macular degeneration?
- Would I benefit from surgery?
- Do you know of any counselors who treat people who are
- 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 State Commission for the
About Lifestyle Changes
- 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?
About Your Outlook
- 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?
American Macular Degeneration Foundation
Macular Degeneration Foundation
Last reviewed October 2004 by Marc
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