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Managing Your Wet Macular Degeneration During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the wet macular degeneration community and it is a particularly challenging time for people living with this chronic condition. Along with navigating unexpected treatment considerations, your daily life at home and interaction with your support network may have changed. To address common questions and concerns, we compiled some relevant resources.

Wavy Amsler Grid

Managing your wet macular degeneration

Monitor the progression of wet macular degeneration using the Amsler grid

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Staying active with wet AMD

Good choices can help maintain your overall health and wellbeing

Home Guide
home

A home guide made for you

Use this guide for additional suggestions and tips for adapting your home room by room

COVID-19 Virus
COVID-19 Virus

Retina International statement on COVID-19

Visit the global, patient-led organization for information

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Common post-diagnosis questions 

Practical and emotional considerations for caregivers 

When a friend, spouse or family member is diagnosed with wet macular degeneration, it can be overwhelming. What does this mean for their future? What does it mean for your future as a caregiver? How much support will this person need from you? There are many thoughts that can pop into your head, and we have collected some of the common questions you may have at diagnosis and during early treatment visits to help you along. 

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Optimize your smartphone for low vision

Making your device work for your needs

Advanced technology made smartphones much more accessible. Most now have settings you can adjust to make them easier to use with low vision.

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Checklist for getting to your wet AMD appointments

From transportation options to day-of appointment tips

Preparing in advance of  frequent doctor’s visits can make the process easier. We’ve created a checklist to keep you organized and relaxed going into your check-ups and treatment appointments.

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Depression and Wet Macular Degeneration

The importance of getting help

Over one-third of wet macular degeneration, patients experience depression following their diagnosis. Make sure you are taking care of your mental health as much as your physical health.

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Ask your eye care team

Download our patient and caregiver conversation guide

This guide will help you throughout your treatment journey with macular degeneration. It is a tool that you can use to learn more about your condition and features questions to help guide conversations about treatment with your doctor and eye care team.

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Prioritizing Overall Health and Wellbeing

Tips for caregivers of loved ones with wet
AMD and other conditions

As a caregiver for someone with wet macular
degeneration, it can be challenging to
manage the condition along with other health
issues. Here are tips to help you support
your loved one’s overall wellbeing.

ViaOpta Apps

Managing life with visual impairment can be a minute-by-minute challenge, with simple tasks like preparing meals, reading and walking becoming tough to navigate. To help you continue to enjoy the activities you love, ViaOpta Daily, ViaOpta Nav and ViaOpta Sim were developed.

Via Opta Daily

ViaOpta Daily

Your personal assistant for daily activities

ViaOpta Daily is designed to serve as a personal assistant to help with everyday activities and gain independence, inside and outside your home.

Via Opta Sim

ViaOpta Sim

A first-person look into life with visual impairment

ViaOpta Sim offers live simulations of 10 different visual impairments so that your community can understand how you see the world.

Via Opta Nav

ViaOpta Nav

Navigation assistance designed for you

ViaOpta Nav is a navigation app that helps you get to your destination with the help of voice-guided instructions, haptic feedback and more.

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