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Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate
Phone: (800) 301-2020 ext. 105
Email address: [email protected]
The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness has declared February as Age-related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans age 50 and older. It affects central vision, where sharpest vision occurs. Almost 3 million Americans have low vision, according to the National Eye Institute.
According to the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (NASEM) consensus study, “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow,” increasing age, white race, and female gender are associated with a higher risk of AMD. The report also found that a number of environmental, behavioral, genetic, and other physical conditions have been associated with the risk of AMD, including smoking, obesity and genetics.
There may be no symptoms until the disease progresses or affects both eyes, which is why regular eye exams are important. Vision changes due to AMD may include:
Difficulty seeing in the center of vision
Trouble seeing in dim light
Straight lines (such as a flag pole) start to appear wavy, blurry or missing
Fading and/or changes in the appearance of colors
Prevent Blindness AMD Learning Center- The AMD Learning Center, found at preventblindness.org/amd, provides a variety of educational tools including AMD risk factors, treatment options, an Adult Vision Risk Assessment tool, fact sheets and more.
Living Well with Low Vision- This growing online resource, lowvision.preventblindness.org, offers information ranging from an extensive list of searchable, local low vision resource directories, to an informative blog with news for people living with age-related eye disease and significant visual impairment, and their caregivers, authored by patient advocate and low vision educator Dan Roberts, M.M.E.
“By detecting AMD and treating it early, vision loss can be significantly lessened,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate. “We urge everyone to make an appointment for a dilated eye exam today.”
For more information on AMD, low vision and other eye disease, please contact Prevent Blindness at (800) 301-2020 or visit www.pbohio.org.
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