AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month: What Is It?

Senior man examined by an ophthalmologist, eye examThis month is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness about age-related macular degeneration. AMD is more common in adults over 50.

This degenerative eye disease causes central vision loss. Despite AMD’s inability to be cured, some treatments can slow its progression.

This month, you can learn more about AMD and how to manage the condition if you or someone you know has it.

Why is It Important to Raise Awareness About AMD/Low Vision? 

Raising awareness about AMD and low vision is crucial for several reasons:

  • Leading cause of blindness in adults: An estimated 1.8 million Americans aged 40 and older suffer from AMD, and an additional 7.3 million have large drusen at substantial risk. Older adults with AMD have permanent impairments in reading and fine or close-up vision.
  • Provides treatment and support to people with AMD and low vision: Many people do not know that there are treatments available that can slow the progression of the disease and improve vision.
  • Reduce the stigma associated with AMD and low vision: Many people feel ashamed or embarrassed if diagnosed with AMD or have low vision. By raising awareness, we can help change the way people think about these conditions and show that there is hope.

What Are Some Things You Can Do to Make the Most of AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month? 

You can do many things to make the most of AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Here are some suggestions:

  • Learn more about AMD and low vision: This can be done by reading articles or books, watching videos, or talking to your eye doctor.
  • Spread the word about AMD and low vision: You can talk to your family and friends about the condition and share information about AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month on social media.
  • Donate to organizations that support people with AMD and low vision: These organizations help fund research, provide resources and support, and advocate for policies to improve the lives of those affected by these conditions.
  • Advocate for policies that support people with AMD and low vision: This can be done by contacting your elected officials and asking them to support policies that help people with these conditions.
  • Show your support for people with AMD and low vision: You can do this by wearing an “I Support AMD/Low Vision Awareness” button or sharing a message of support on social media.

Don’t hesitate to contact Central Valley Eye Medical Group in California if you have questions about vision or eye care. Give us a call at 209-952-3700.

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