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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What It’s Like to Live With Low Vision

Kathi Wolfe’s recent essay in The New York Times, “A Smirk, a Smile, a Clenched Fist: What the Movies Taught Me to See,” identifies very clearly how a person living with low vision learns about images and eventually incorporates them into their lived experiences. Interestingly, she relates how for a person with low vision viewing something in the movies is a more powerful learning opportunity than experiencing it in real life. Living with low vision, I often must imagine the small details presented visually, since I cannot see details that fully sighted people might take for granted. Each subtle gesture,…

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Living Well With Low Vision

February is AMD/Low Vision Month: Over 2 million people are affected by macular degeneration – low vision aids can help. Info about warning signs informs those at risk. Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV, and writing can seem challenging. Learn more

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