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February is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness

Many older adults think vision loss is just a normal part of aging, but it doesn’t have to be. Reduce your risk of vision loss by learning about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can blur your central vision. It is a leading cause of vision loss in people 50 years or older, and more than 2.9 million Americans age 40 and older have low vision. Low vision is a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery, medicine, eyeglasses, or contact lenses.


  • Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing AMD

  • High cholesterol and high blood pressure are risk factors for AMD

AMD is a significant cause of blindness worldwide and is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness for Americans aged 65 years and older.

People with a family history of AMD are at greater risk.

AMD affects whites more often than other races and ethnicities, such as African Americans and Hispanics.


  • Get regular eye exams and tell your eye doctor about your family history

  • Quit or never start smoking

  • Live a healthy lifestyle and lower cholesterol

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The blog is written by :

Tess Gibbs

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