February is National AMD Awareness Month

February 9, 2016

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans - more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.

 

Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.

 

While there is no cure for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of progression. Here are some great tips for living with AMD.

 

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