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If you’re among the 75 percent of people with wet ARMD for whom there is currently no effective cure, it is most important to remember that this disease will not cause blindness, and that people with untreatable wet ARMD can continue to live independently. Though you may lose central vision, you will continue to have side vision.
Vision rehabilitation can help you make the most of the vision you have. Your healthcare professional or ophthalmologist can help you find vision rehabilitation services. These services are often offered by a team that includes an ophthalmologist, occupational therapist, other healthcare professionals with expertise in working with people with low-vision, social workers, and others. Many devices—such as special magnifying glasses and video magnifiers—can help, as can strategies for using lighting in ways that maximize your vision.
Other lifestyle modifications that may be helpful are quitting smoking and eating a diet that includes fruits, green leafy vegetables, fish, and nuts.
Updated: March 2017
Posted: March 2012