February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. From our Glossary: “often called AMD or ARMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older. Because people in this group are an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss from macular degeneration is a growing problem.” Understandably, Age-Related Macular Degeneration is an important health vision issue to keep in mind. This month, it’s time to raise awareness and consider some of your options for staying ahead of Macular Degeneration.
There are more than 200,000 cases of AMRD per year in the United States alone. AMRD affects mostly older people, but there are many cases where young people are affected too. While ARMD cannot be cured, treatment can help. The best strategy for preventing vision loss is forming a lifelong relationship with an optometrist. Bard Optical calls it ‘Vision For Life.’ No matter where you go for vision care, its best to establish a doctor-patient relationship that can last. Develop a cadence of comprehensive eye exams, making an appointment for a dilated exam at least once per year.
Consistent vision care can help detect vision issues early. That way, your care team can start getting ahead of potential vision loss and prescribing treatment that can work for you. Age-Related Macular Degeneration results in a loss of sight in the center of the field of vision. Blurry vision is one of the key symptoms and any vision disturbance should be investigated right away. If you notice that your vision appears blurry, make an appointment with your optometrist immediately.
For you and your loved ones, it’s critical that you see your optometrist on a consistent basis. As you grow older, it becomes even more important to stay on top of your vision health. For now, practice good vision health habits to keep your eyes safe and prevent vision loss. For example, abstain from smoking, keep a healthy weight, maintain a healthy diet, and get plenty of rest. Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month is the right time to take stock of your vision care habits and make any necessary adjustments to treat your eyes better.
If it’s been a while since your last eye care appointment, make an appointment today. Your vision care is critical to your overall quality of life. Visit your nearest Bard Optical and set off on a journey of ‘Vision For Life.’