February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

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February is…

~Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month

~National Children’s Dental Health Month, and

~National Heart Month

Today’s focus is AMD/Low Vision

The leading cause of vision loss is Age-Related Macular degeneration (AMD)/low vision. Studies show that this progressive degenerative condition affects over two million adults over the age of 50. The macula is the spot on the retina at the back of the eye that controls central vision. Macular degeneration is generally painless but the central vision begins to blur over time. The peripheral vision generally remains intact and may be the reason that many people do not really notice the change in their vision. This is not the case in every condition; macular degeneration progresses quite rapidly in some cases.

Symptoms of AMD/Low Vision:
`Doorways seem crooked or straight lines appear wavy
`Difficulty seeing from a distance
`Decreased ability to distinguish colors
`Inability to see details, such…

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