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It is VERY important that you check you central vision with this daily. Follow the instructions online. I'm not sure if the AREDS study is available in layman's terms online but that's OK as most ophthalmologists have handouts available that explain it very well. You could also go to the American Academy of Ophthalmology's web site, http://www.aao.org/, and find information on dry ARMD and many other eye care topics.
No. I do not believe sunlight exposure/UV light is important in ARMD. There has been no scientific study to link the two together. In any event, the natural lens in you eye absorbs almost all the UVA/UVB before it ever gets to your retina. Enjoy your wonderful picture windows!
I agree that you need to find another person to help you with your eye care, but I disagree that such a person should be an optometrist. You really need to see an Ophthalmologist. In my opinion you need someone who has more formal training to care for your eyes..... "high borderline eye pressure", whatever she means by that, is not something you just recheck in 6 months.
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