Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60, and it is growing at an alarming rate all over the world. Join us in raising awareness of the importance of frequent vision screenings and retinal health checks.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has recognized February as Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for people ages 60 and older in the United States. The most recent statistics show that over 10 million Americans have AMD.

According to a study funded by the U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were as many as 9.1 million people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the U.S., and it is estimated that 17.8 million people will have AMD by the year 2050. That’s a 95% increase—8.7 million more people who may be at risk of losing their vision, and they have no idea it’s even happening.

AMD is characterized by a loss of central vision due to damage to the retina. Although there is currently no cure available for this disease, recent advancements in treatment options for AMD are allowing for more and more patients to save their vision. Early detection is crucial when it comes to diagnosing, treating and managing Macular Degeneration. Our doctors at Beyer Eye Associates want to urge you to be aware of the risk factors associated with AMD and remind you to get your eyes checked on a regular basis.

The greatest risk factors for developing AMD include:

  • Age (people over the age of 50)
  • Family history of AMD
  • History of smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of vitamins found in a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables
  • Obesity

In order to reduce your risk of developing AMD, our doctors recommend the following:

Be sure schedule your annual eye exam. Early detection is key!

Eat a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (lots of fruits & veggies!!)

Exercise regularly

Control your blood pressure and cholesterol

Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays

Here at Beyer Eye Associates, our doctors are able to diagnose, treat and manage AMD. We use the latest technology and have all the resources available to help you preserve your vision. Contact our office today to learn more about AMD and to schedule an exam with one of our doctors.

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