Education is the very first and arguably the most important step in fighting Age-Related Macular Degeneration. That’s why February has been deemed National AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Throughout the entire month of February, AMD Blog will be assisting in the efforts to raise awareness about the leading cause of vision loss in those fifty and older. By working together, we can help educate patients and the general public about the symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for this devastating disease.
Establishing a relationship with vision services in your community is extremely important. Yearly eye exams are critical for the early detection and monitoring of all ocular diseases, including AMD; and finding a trusted doctor in your area is crucial. In fact, for those who are diagnosed with the disease, vision rehabilitation and low vision devices can have an astonishing impact on a patient’s quality of life.
It’s important to remember that an AMD diagnosis does not signal the end to independence. With some adjustments and a little assistance, AMD can be managed and independence can be maintained for many. Remember, it is awareness that can make a difference for all of us. Visiting your eye doctor regularly and being mindful of symptoms can help your doctor discover and treat the disease early- a key factor in preserving as much vision as possible.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s mission is exactly what AMD month stands for. The Foundation Fighting Blindness strive to help fund and drive research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by eye disease. Help us support their noble cause this month by Liking us on Facebook, as we’re donating $1.00 to the Foundation Fighting Blindness for each and every like MacuHealth receives this month!