February is Macular Degeneration Awareness month.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that may get worse over time. It’s the leading cause of severe, permanent vision loss in people over age 50.
It happens when the small central portion of your retina, called the macula, wears down. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of your eye.
Because the disease happens as you get older, it’s often called age-related macular degeneration. It usually doesn’t cause blindness but might cause severe vision problems.
Please make sure to have a dilated eye exam. If you notice any changes in your vision please alert your eye care professional. Below is a picture of dry macular degeneration, blank spot in the central portion of your vision.
To learn more about macular degeneration or find out where our next awareness program will be. Visit us @ www.macularhope.org