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AMD Awareness

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Risk Factors

AMD: 4 Key Facts are listed in the body of the post.Tomorrow, February 1 marks the beginning of National Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness (AMD) Month. AMD is a progressive eye condition affecting as many as 15 million Americans and millions more around the world. The disease attacks the macula of the eye, where our sharpest central vision occurs.

AMD: 4 Key Facts*

  • Leading cause of vision loss among people age 50+
  • Smoking doubles the risk
  • Race
  • Family history & genetics

*More information can be found at the National Eye Institute www.nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts

I do not have macular degeneration, however, I lost my sight to macular holes which essentially has destroyed my central vision. In my case when looking straight ahead, there is an opaque dark gray circle right smack in the middle of my remaining vision. Because of this, I can no longer drive, read regular size print, recognize faces and it’s challenging to do many things I used to take for granted. Even with the losses I’ve experienced, there’s been an equal amount of gains and it’s so good to know life doesn’t stop when we reach a roadblock. We just find another route.

Because of my personal experience with sight loss, it’s important to me to urge everyone I know to take care of your sight especially if you are at a higher risk of developing a specific condition. What I’ve learned with central vision loss is when only one eye is affected the loss may not be detected until it’s progressed to the point of no return. In many people, this type of sight loss occurs slowly but in others, it can happen rapidly.

Image: Abigail (Abby) is in the background of the text with her white cane and handbag.

12 thoughts on “AMD Awareness

  1. Thank you for the information! So important to be aware

    1. You’re welcome. Women are at a far greater risk for developing sight stealing eye diseases.

  2. You are such an inspiration for those out there going through the same situation. Keep going forward because no matter what you are breathing and blessed! Thank you for your post 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words Emily!! 💖 Comments like these keep me motivated and mean the world to me.

      1. Yes, always stay motivated no matter what! You are strong! You are beautiful! <3

  3. Good information. It is important to get regular checkups for your eyes, as well regular physicals. I too, liked your reference to finding another route when you hit a roadblock.

    1. Yes, it’s so important for us to take charge of our health by being proactive in having regular checkups, and establishing a rapport with our doctors by asking questions and keeping accurate health records. One of the things I like about cell phones are the ability to jot down notes for the doctor but I also keep a running note on my medications.

  4. Passing on the link. I have two friends with macular degeneration. One is an amazing 95-year-old woman who goes to the gym with me twice a week.

    1. I hope they will find the information useful. Wow, 95 and going to the gym twice a week, is wonderful.

  5. Nice article Stephanae. No matter level of sight loss we have, I love your advice to “just find another route.” I have total blindness and have found many routes that get me to where I need to go.

    1. Thank you Carla! Yes, it’s applicable to just about any situation.

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