Sunday 15 September 2019

Diagnosis: 'My world was changed by onset of AMD'

Independent: Joseph Edge didn’t know what age-related macular degeneration was until he was diagnosed with the condition. Picture: Frank McGrath
Independent: Joseph Edge didn’t know what age-related macular degeneration was until he was diagnosed with the condition. Picture: Frank McGrath

Joseph Edge didn't know what age-related macular degeneration (AMD) was until he was diagnosed - and today he wishes he could see his grandson playing football more clearly.

Mr Edge (77), a retired sales and marketing worker from Artane, Dublin, had lived a very independent life but the diagnosis of AMD a few years ago changed his world forever.

"One of the major problems I have is sometimes I find it difficult to identify my grandson, Liam, when he's playing football with the rest of the children on the park," Mr Edge said.

"I love watching him play, so I hate being behind on what's going on."

Mr Edge likes to drive to see his daughter Aoife in her Co Meath home but says he drives a longer route to get there as it's easier.

It transpired that Mr Edge's father, John, also had AMD in later years.

"I know three months ago my vision was better than it is now," Mr Edge said. "People take vision for granted. My dad didn't get forewarning, he didn't understand."

Irish Independent

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