Getting older isn’t easy for any of us, and during Low Vision Awareness Month, Days of Our Lives star Deidre Hall opened up about what her mother, Jean, is going through to bring attention to age-related macular degeneration.
The actress spoke with Soaps In Depth about what her mother has been experiencing in an effort to help others who may be going through a similarly hard time.
“We knew what she had,” she admitted to the magazine. “We just knew there weren’t really a lot of viable treatments for it at the time. So it was managing the symptoms more than anything else.”
Hall relayed that her mother had a more serious form of the disease called Wet AMD, and it eventually took her mother’s eyesight completely. They did their best to mitigate what was happening to her. Since her mother loved to read, they did things like getting her books on tape.
Basically, the disease can cause blurriness in the center of your vision. It can also cause straight lines to look wavy, while colors may look dull. Not only that, it can cause blind spots and also make objects seem farther away than they are in reality. What happens can hamper your ability to read, write, drive, and even recognize faces.
Hall does have advice for fans who may want to know more about the disease. She suggested anyone wanting to learn more to visit LookToYourFuture.com for more information about it.
The site has a great deal of information and provides tips on living with Wet AMD, as well as ways to take care of your eyes. Hall said there are a lot more options for people now than when her mother was first diagnosed with the disease and urges everyone to make sure they see a doctor quickly if they have any symptoms.
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