Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness over age 50, affecting about 2.1 million people nationwide.
Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss. During February, the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in educating the public about the facts on AMD.
AMD is a degenerative disease that happens when part of the retina called the macula is damaged. It’s the part of the eye that delivers sharp, central vision needed to see objects straight ahead. Over time, the loss of central vision can interfere with everyday activities, such as the ability to drive, read and see faces clearly.
The Academy offers these seven steps to help people take control of their eye health.: