As Geographic Atrophy progresses and vision lessens, you’ll play an increasingly important role in helping your loved one manage his or her day-to-day tasks. You can start by making a few adjustments to the home to help your loved one live more independently and continue to enjoy daily activities and hobbies.
Make it easier for your loved one to see clearly around the house:
Increase lighting on stairways, exterior pathways, porches, and doorways
Use glow-in-the-dark light switches
Install automatic light-sensor night-lights in hallways and rooms
Use window blinds and curtains when necessary to control glare
Help your loved one maintain his or her independence with low-vision aids:
Customized magnifiers for reading
Computerized text-to-speech devices
Non-optical aids, including audio books
As their vision decreases, people with GA reportedly experience increased depression and stress, so it’s essential that you be able to provide both practical and emotional support. At the same time, it’s equally important that you take care of yourself.