February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration / Low Vision Awareness Month is sponsored by Prevent Blindness America. ARMD is a disorder of the macula. The macula is the part of your retina where your central and color vision comes from.

Acute macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for adults over age 60 in the U.S. Having AMD can make daily tasks that require sharp vision, such as driving, reading, and even recognizing faces difficult. As mentioned, this disease causes damage to the central part of the retina called the macula. The macula is responsible for central vision. Symptoms with AMD include:

  • Difficulty seeing in the center of your vision
  • Trouble seeing in dim light
  • Straight lines start to appear wavy, blurry or missing
  • Fading and/or changes in the appearance of colors
  • Dark, blurry areas or whiteout in the center of vision

Disclaimer: Health experts suggest that you talk to your doctor before you start, change or modify your medications, lifestyle or current treatment regimen.

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