The National Eye Institute has designated May as Healthy Vision Month in the U.S. As it happens, May is also Older Americans Month - so how appropriate is that for seniors at risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
Actually, we are all at risk for AMD - yes, even YOU. Some of the risk factors are things you can't do anything about, like - your age, eye color, genes and gender. And even if you are young, you're going to want to start early to control the risks that you can, like - smoking, diet, weight, cholesterol, high blood pressure, sun exposure.
But, how do you know if your eyes may have a problem? Interestingly, you may not know unless you get an eye exam. And early detection may save your sight.
To remind people of the importance of getting an fully dilated eye exam, the Macular Degeneration Partnership has launched a Facebook campaign in May, posting daily information and curious eye facts. The May issue of AMD Update will also focus on early detection and early treatment. If you haven't visited the Facebook page of the Macular Degeneration Partnership, or subscribed to AMD Update, you can follow the attached links.
On May 23, the Partnership will be at the "Boomers and Beyond" health event at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, to test the vision of those most at risk. We'll rush from there to an AMD Support Group in Beverly Hills, where an expert on low vision will demonstrate devices that can help those with vision loss.
The very next day, a collaborative group will present, "What's New in Low Vision". The audience at this free event will hear from the experts and then have a chance to try out some devices and techniques for themselves. It takes place at the Veterans Auditorium in Culver City.
It's a busy month! For more information, visit our website or contact us at 888-430-9898. And don't forget to schedule your eye exam!