February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness (AMD) Month
From Valentine’s Day to American Heart Health Month, February is traditionally the most heart-driven month of the year. This February, Bausch + Lomb is partnering with Prevent Blindness®, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, to encourage the public to give vision the same attention as heart health during Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month. AMD is a progressive eye disease and a leading cause of visual impairment in people age 50 and older1.
“AMD diminishes central vision, which we use for everything from reading a computer screen to recognizing the faces of our loved ones,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We rely on our vision for so many things we do on a daily basis. It is imperative to not take that for granted and do everything we can today to help save sight.”
Barbara Knickerbocker Beskind, a 92-year old conceptual designer living with AMD, is sharing what motivates her, while encouraging others to fight for their vision so they can continue to enjoy what is close to their hearts.
“Each day I fight to help preserve my vision so I can continue to work to help better the lives of others,” said Barbara Knickerbocker Beskind. “This is why I teamed up with Bausch + Lomb and Prevent Blindness© to raise awareness of AMD. At 92, I’m not going to let AMD or anything else prevent me from fulfilling my career dreams and enjoy the time I have with my family and friends.”
AMD is characterized by loss of central vision, usually in both eyes. The person may experience a dark or empty spot in the center of their vision, distorted, wavy vertical lines or blurry text. If left untreated, the majority of eyes affected with wet AMD will become functionally blind within two years. Websites like Prevent Blindness and Joy of Sight provide helpful educational resources for people with AMD and their families.
“While there is no cure for AMD, there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of progression,” said Dr. Michael Cooney, a New York-based retinal specialist and expert in the study of retinal diseases, such as AMD. “Based on two major clinical studies known as AREDS and AREDS2, the National Eye Institute recommends that people with moderate to advanced AMD take a supplement with a specific combination of antioxidants and zinc. For my patients, I recommend PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula. Be sure to talk to your eye doctor to see if an AREDS2 formula supplement may be right for you2.”
For more information on AMD or the #WhyEyeFight program, please visit JoyofSight.com or PreventBlindness.org/amd. Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with hashtag #WhyEyeFight and share your personal story of why you fight to help preserve your vision.
- “Age-related Macular Degeneration”. Neil M. Bressler, M.D; Susan B. Bressler, M.D.; Stuart L. Fine, M.D. for the Retinal Vascular Center, Wilmer Opthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland USA. Survey of Ophthalmology, Volume 32, Issue 6, May-June 1988, Pages 375-413 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0039625788900525
- National Eye Institute: Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration https://nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/armd_facts
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