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. Put it wherever you can: kitchen counters, reading and crafting areas, dark hallways and stairs, the shower, even the toilet.
Pro tip: DIY options like puck and 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.