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Eyesangelina-litvin-37698-unsplashDear Carol: My dad is 86 and quite healthy other than his eyes. Recently, he developed the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and needs to get regular injections in his eyes to slow the leaking of the blood vessels. Dad tolerates the treatment well, so I’ve been taking him to the clinic for this but my sister is having a fit. I know that she loves Dad, but she lives 1000 miles away so rarely sees him.  She says that older people shouldn’t go through a lot of treatment. I’d agree if we were talking about extensive surgery or chemotherapy but this seems different. Dad’s mind is good enough that he can still enjoy reading, and watching TV. He’s perfectly willing to go through the treatments to keep his vision. My sister resents me because I’m Power of Attorney so she won’t take my word for anything. What is your take on medical interventions for people Dad’s age? – RU 

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