I wish I'd known when I was first diagnosed with macular degeneration that -
Blind does not mean total blackness with this condition.
AMD often develops very slowly. (Something else might get you first!)
Not everyone who has dry AMD goes on to develop advanced AMD or wet AMD. It is possible that some people may be living with early AMD over decades without serious effect. We can't know because as the opthalmologist pointed out, these would be the ones who don't attend clinics...
Some of the best minds are working on a cure as I write. Just in the few years since I was diagnosed there have been developments in stem cell therapy and implants.
Big Pharma is spending Big Money to find a cure.
Meanwhile the best hope appears to be good nutrition....and supplements such as Macushield.