February: Eyes On Age-Related Macular Degeneration

In the month where we have the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day, let’s focus on something that impacts how we see the things we love. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) effects 10 million Americans and is potentially devastating because it damages the area of the retina where we get our sharp central vision. As the disease progresses, central vision may be completely lost. This is one of reasons why we have concerns with online eyeglass prescription services like Visibly because full eye exams are necessary to monitor diseases like AMD.

What are risk factors?

  • Age: your risk increases as you get older

  • Family History: higher risk if you have someone with the disease

  • Race: Caucasians are more likely to develop the disease

  • Smoking: increases your risk by 2x

AMD is one of the diseases we look out for whenever we see patients for their annual eye exam. Along with UV protection and smoking cessation, regular eye exams are an important component in protecting your eyes from this incurable disease. If you haven’t had an eye exam in a while, consider scheduling one with us today.