Ideally people with macular degeneration should have two eye doctors. One doctor, usually a retinal specialist, will be caring for the health of the eyes. Their job is to monitor the condition, watch for changes and treat if necessary. The second doctor, a low vision optometrist, will help the person see the absolute best that they are capable of. That doctor's job is to provide the person with appropriate low vision glasses or other devices that will help them continue to participate in activities that are important to them and help them remain independent.
Many of my patients are referred by retinal specialists or other eye doctors who recognize the impact that vision loss has on a person and want them to receive help with their vision.
I recently visited one of the retinal specialists who often refers to me. A few days later I got a nice note which said "Thank you for your kindness always with our patients. We are blessed to have you for referrals." Very nice. I appreciate this doctor and others who refer to me.