This is a very real concern to all of those who are dealing with this disease – patients, friends, and family members. The bottom line is this: You will not go blind from macular degeneration. At its very worst, macular degeneration takes away all of your central vision. This makes it impossible to read, drive, or recognize faces of friends and loved ones. But it does not leave you in the dark. Useful peripheral vision remains, which allows you to maintain a fair degree of independence. Barring other visual problems, macular degeneration generally does not force you out of your home.