Macular degeneration affects both rods and cones, says Dawn DeCarlo, O.D., director of low-vision rehab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rods help you see in low light; cones help you see fine details and function best in bright light. So for many patients, simply adding task lighting can make a big difference. Place adequate lighting sources wherever you can: kitchen counters,under/inside cabinets, reading and crafting areas, bedroom nightstand dark hallways and stairs, the shower, and even the toilet.
Pro tip: DIY options like puck and LED strip lighting are easy and inexpensive. But if you’re not sure you’ll keep up on replacing the batteries, consider having a permanent fixture installed, says Young.