February is National Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) & Low Vision Awareness Month
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss for individuals over 50. The progressive disease affects the macula, causing central vision to blur, but leaving peripheral vision.
In our 40s and 50s, we begin to experience the naturally frustrating effects of blurry near vision. Reading the newspaper, seeing the computer screen or sending a text message becomes a struggle. We end up depending more and more on reading glasses or contact lenses to see up close. This natural loss of reading vision is called presbyopia (prez-bee-OH-pee-ah), and it eventually affects all of us, even if we never needed vision correction before.