Winning against AMD
2.1 Dealing with the Blodge
The Blodge is that area probably in the centre of your vision which is obscured. It may be red, grey or black.
Immediately start training your peripheral vision to take over as your dominant vision.
Basically this means using your dominant eye, starting at the bottom left corner, to concentrate your peripheral vision on the last clear bit and then forcing your vision to gradually move towards your top right, thus pushing the blodge out of the way.
This will mean that you can use your peripheral vision initially to get around and that is a great starting point. At this stage you will see primarily with one eye, eventually the other eye will join in.
I used to lie in bed and focus on a wardrobe knob for ten minutes, every day, and kept repeating it every day for two years until my brain started doing it automatically.
I still do it now after nine years, and also when I am out and about (using any clear spot, like a corner of a house.)
You do whatever is necessary to keep the blodge at bay!
I even used to talk to my brain and feed it Lutein to make it understand, to get the message across, that what we were doing together was vitally important to our future life.
As I said, you do whatever is necessary to keep the blodge at bay!
Apparently the main vision uses 65,000 cells in each eye so focussing together means 4,225,000,000 intersections. The peripheral vision has only 6,500 cells in each eye. Working together you get 42,250,000 intersections.
In theory this means, as I understand it, I have ONE percent of my original vision but, if you exclude close work, fine definition and long distance, I reckon I have about ten per cent and that is enough to have a reasonable life. A far far better life than I thought I would ever have again.
In spite of not solving all the problems, I still play tennis and I am trusted to helm a racing yacht in confined waters when competing (Well at least on one occasion anyway.)
A HUGE HUGE WIN
Lots of little wins are wonderful for the soul and builds up to a big WIN.
You can rebuild your self-reliance, resilience and self-confidence.
Winning against AMD – Age-related Macular Degeneration