Beth was diagnosed with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) back in 2008. At first, Beth was completely devastated by her diagnosis, after having seen the impact of macular degeneration on the lives of her mother and aunt.
“My mother was legally blind for 10 years before she died. Over that period she slowly withdrew from her life and it was so sad to watch. She also had an aunt to whom she was very close who had the same thing.
Unfortunately, back then there wasn't the kind of diagnosis and clear information there is now – some of the family didn’t even believe her, sadly – and they thought she was just making a fuss.
Not having the right support robbed her and my aunt of their vision. I was so terrified at the prospect of the same future that I was unable to tell my family for six months, and that’s not like me at all.”
Finally, six months after her diagnosis, Beth called our Helpline. She told us how surprised and relieved she was to find more comfort, knowledge and advice than she could ever have anticipated.
“Eventually I gathered up the courage to ring the number. I was frightened but the staff I spoke to were fantastic – I spent about an hour on the phone and had the most rewarding conversation.
Before, all I knew about AMD was watching my mother and her aunt lose their vision, so I didn’t realise that is not always the case. The information I received really empowered me and calmed my greatest fears about losing my sight.”
Beth strictly followed our advice on nutrition and lifestyle from the start. She makes sure to regularly eat leafy green vegetables and oily fish, takes supplements, and uses the Amsler grid and she’s still active and independent well into her 80s.
so we can continue to empower people like Beth with the knowledge and information they need to protect their vision and maintain an independent life.
If you are living with macular disease yourself, we are here for you. Please do not hesitate to call our Helpline on 1800 111 709 with any questions or concerns.