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Living Well With Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Wear a hat. Although studies haven't proven a cause-and-effect relationship between sunlight exposure and AMD, research suggests that protecting your eyes may be beneficial. "I recommend wearing a hat and sunglasses when outside on sunny days," says Kleinman.

Stay positive. People rarely go completely blind with AMD, he says. If your vision is deteriorating, a service that assists people with visual impairment can help with magnifiers or electronic readers, he says.

DYK: An estimated 10 million Americans have or are at risk for AMD, the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 55, according to the Foundation Fighting Blindness

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Reviewed on April 15, 2013

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