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  • I have dry macular degeneration in my right eye had this for 6 years. At the moment the other eye is ok so i can see quite well. My only problem is i have trouble reading at night even when its large print. I usually read better in the garden or with a good light during the day.

    I was wondering how long i can expect my vision to stay stable im 62 years old.

  • Hello Eternal,

    Sorry for delay in replying.

    Yours is a question often asked to our helpline and I am afraid that there is no exact answer. Even an optometrist or ophthalmologist would find it hard to predict the future until he/she has seen you a couple of times and compared the retinal scans or photos of your retina/macula between the two visits.

    Some people report a severe deterioration in their sight 2 or 3 years after diagnosis, others do not see a deterioration after 10 years or more!

    As for reading at night, as we get older our night vision does deteriorate; this is normal. Good lighting is very important, as you have found out.

    Best wishes

    Helpline

    Macular Disease Society

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