February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Macular degeneration causes damage in our eyes that degrades our central vision. Thankfully macular degeneration doesn’t cause blindness, but the inability or decreased ability to use our central vision leads to struggles with reading, driving, writing, and many other tasks. Macular degeneration is estimated to impact over 3 million Americans by 2020.

This is how a patient with macular degeneration may view a football game. The middle of the screen is significantly impacted by the disease.

Risk factors for macular degeneration includes: Age >60; history of smoking; family history of macular degeneration; Caucasian race; and poor diet.

Advanced Eye Care Center helps patients with macular degeneration daily. Regular observation of macular degeneration is required to maximize vision and minimize the effects of the disease. If you or a loved one is at risk, please call 419-521-3937 for an eye examination today!

 

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