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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of visual impairment and blindness among people aged over 60 years in developed countries. Functional vision may be assessed using ‘activity of daily living (ADL) instruments, which assess independent living skills. AMD also affects the quality of life and impedes healthy independent ageing. This case study highlights strategies that may assist with improving functional outcomes in practical activities in individuals with similar patterns of visual loss. Some instruments of visual function may not take into account the effects of non-visual coping strategies on the ability to function, resulting in underestimates of functionality. Therefore, information from self-reported visual impairment and individual coping strategies is essential to assess functionality in performing daily living activities.