February is National Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

February is AMD awareness month. If you’re over 50, please consider getting your vision checked for this common eye condition.

Age-related Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss for people over 50 yrs. The National Institute of Health reports, “It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead. In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom. Over time, the blurred area may grow larger or you may develop blank spots in your central vision. Objects also may not appear to be as bright as they used to be. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.” Learn more at https://nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts

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