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"Express your needs to those you come into contact with," he says. "You should talk to others about what they need to do to communicate with you. Using a fine red pen on yellow paper might look nice, but would much be harder to read than a message left with a black marker on white paper."

William E. Smiddy, MD, from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, suggests some other considerations for those with low-level vision.

"When shopping for appliances and other items, always be aware of how easy they are to use," he says. "For instance when buying a new range, pay attention to whether you can read the dials; maybe a different color of the digital readouts will be better. Buying an appliance is not only finding a color you like, but also one that helps you use it."

Perhaps the most important point is to remind people with macular disease that they should not be embarrassed if they can't read something. If you suffer from it, tell loved ones and others what they can do to make communication with you easier.

Vital Information:

  • Macular degeneration occurs when the part of the eye responsible for fine detail in the center of vision begins to deteriorate.
  • For optimal reading abilities, people with macular degeneration need sharp contrast between the page and the writing.
  • To help aid reading, many tools are available, such as magnifying glasses, special telescopes, large-print books, and even a computer that can project large print onto a screen.

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