By Elle Aldridge
Freelance writer and Security & Safety Expert
Over the past century, improvements to optical health — specifically blindness, macular degeneration (MD) and other disorders — have evolved tremendously. From public initiatives to medical procedures, advances have come a long way.
One option for those who suffer from macular degeneration and other vision issues is the use of a guide dog. Every September, National Guide Dog Month acknowledges the work of guide dogs while raising support and awareness. These service animals help thousands of people with vision loss and many other conditions. The International Guide Dog Federation recognizes this celebration of guide dogs and also offers helpful suggestions for those living with low vision and blindness.
If a guide dog seems like a viable option for a loved one suffering from low-quality vision issues, applications are available from several U.S.-based guide dog organizations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind and Guide Dogs of the Desert, the organization that first inspired the celebration of National Guide Dog Month.