February is AMD Awareness Month

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, also known as AMD, is a disease that effects the back of the eye called the macula and is the central part of the retina.

This can cause a blind spot in the middle of your eye or the center part of your vision can become blurry or even wavy.
AMD is a leading cause of blindness among Americans 65 years of age or older.

If you are 65 years of age or older, make sure that you:
Visit your eye doctor regularly. An eye doctor can check for signs of AMD with a dilated eye exam. This allows the doctor to get a better look at the back of your eye to check for diseases such as AMD. A dilated eye exam is not part of the regular eye exam, so you will need to ask for one.
Learn about the signs and symptoms of AMD. Some symptoms of AMD are: Items with straight lines such as flag poles look wavy. Things will look blurry. You have a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision.

Take care of your health

If you know the signs and symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration and have regular eye exams, you may be able to prevent vision loss.

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