February Focus: AMD/Low Vision

February is AMD/Low Vision Month.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in older Americans. Researchers estimate that 20 million people in the U.S. have age-related macular degeneration and, of those, 1.5 million have a severe form of the disease (American Medical Association, January 2024).

Preserve Vision Florida offers a comprehensive guide for people who are at risk for AMD or already are living with AMD. Read it to learn what AMD is, who is at risk, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.

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February Focus: AMD/Low Vision

Each year in February, Preserve Vision Florida observes Low Vision Awareness Month to increase knowledge about low vision and the vision rehabilitation services that benefit individuals with vision loss. The National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes that “Low Vision Awareness Month is a great time to spread the word about vision rehabilitation – and make sure that people with vision impairment know about the services available…” Vision rehabilitation includes a wide range of services that can help people with vision loss make the best use of the eyesight they have to maintain their independence….

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Perhaps you have just learned that you or a loved one has age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD. If you are like many people, you probably do not know a lot about the condition or understand what is going on inside your eyes. This page will give you a general overview of AMD. You will learn about the following: Risk factors and symptoms of AMD Treatment options Low vision services that help people make the most of their remaining eyesight Support groups and others who can help The aim is to answer your questions and to help relieve some…

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Protect Your Eyes at Work

Protect Your Vision in the Workplace to Keep Eyes Healthy As more people of all ages increase the amount of screen time, through computers, tablet devices, smartphones, etc., the risk of digital eye strain also increases. According to a recent report from the Vision Council, “Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma,” nearly nine in 10 adults spend more than two hours each day using a digital device, with one in 10 people spending at least three-fourths of their waking hours on a digital device. Digital Eye Strain is defined as “physical discomfort felt after prolonged exposure to digital screens.” Symptoms…

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Americans Share Inspiration to Preserve their Vision

February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness (AMD) Month BRIDGEWATER, NJ – From Valentine’s Day to American Heart Health Month, February is traditionally the most heart-driven month of the year. This February, Bausch + Lomb is partnering with Prevent Blindness to encourage the public to give vision the same attention as heart health during Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month. AMD is a progressive eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 and older1. “AMD diminishes central vision; what we use for everything from reading a computer screen to recognizing the faces of our loved ones,” said…

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New App for AMD Patients

Prevent Blindness Launches New App for Individuals Diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration and Their Caregivers New Resource Designed to Provide Help and Hope to the Millions of Americans Living with a Leading Cause of Blindness and Vision Loss Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has launched a new resource, “GuideMe,” designed for those who have been diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD affects more than 2 million Americans ages 50 and older. And, according to the recent Prevent Blindness “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems” report, that number is…

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