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What people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) need to know

Black-and-white ketch of an eye with long lashes; tiny blue pills on the iris and a drug molecule on the pupil are the only source of color.
Black-and-white ketch of an eye with long lashes; tiny blue pills on the iris and a drug molecule on the pupil are the only source of color.
Illustration by Christi Williams for Elemental

“I couldn’t open or close my eyes without pain. It was like salt or shards of glass… all I could do was go to bed,” said 71-year-old Beth, who was diagnosed with age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) in both eyes last year.

Beth is one of 11 million Americans — a number expected to double by 2050 — suffering from this leading cause of vision loss in the developed world. …


My normal life is defined by limitations. Now that’s the case for everyone else.

Photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

A few days after Governor Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order took effect in Virginia, my husband Dan stopped shaving. He usually wore a suit to work, was clean-shaven, and organized. But a week later, I watched him down bowls of cereal, snack on Wheat Thins, and spend close to 12 hours at his computer in pajamas. Every day, I watched him wither, until one evening he sat down on the couch and told me: “This is hard, very hard.”

“I know,” I said. Because I did. For the first time, he was forced to live the way I did.

Unlike Dan…

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