February is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month
- What is macular degeneration? Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over the age of 50. The disease occurs when there are changes to the macula, the part of the retina that provides sharp central vision needed to identify people, objects, and fine detail.
- Are you at risk?Although anyone can get AMD, Caucasians are at higher risk than other races and women tend to develop AMD at an earlier age than men. Other risk factors include:
- Smoking—increases your risk 3 ½ to 4 times over a non-smoker!
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- What can I do? With no cure for AMD, the best defense against the disease is early detection.
Call today to schedule your annual comprehensive eye exam at Vision Specialists of Council Bluffs. Our doctors will be happy to discuss your eye health with you and answer any questions you may have!
For more information, visit the AOA’s website here