Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has declared February as Age-related Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month. The primary goal is to educate not only about AMD and low vision, but also to make the public aware of the free services the group provides.
The group hosts a dedicated website, “The AMD Learning Center,” found at http://www.preventblindness.org/AMD-age-related-macular-degeneration, which provides a variety of educational tools including AMD risk factors, treatment options, an Adult Vision Risk Assessment tool and downloadable fact sheets.
Additional Prevent Blindness AMD resources include:
Living Well with Low Vision – The program offers those with low vision and their caregivers a variety of tools including a self-help guide to nonvisual skills, a visual skills workbook for people with age-related macular degeneration, a guide to caring for the visually impaired, and a range of resource directories, including a searchable database of more than 1,500 paratransit services around the country.
AMD Awareness Makes a Difference- Through this unique program, Prevent Blindness offers a free magnetic Amsler grid- a grid of horizontal and vertical lines used to monitor a person’s central vision that can help identify vision abnormalities linked to AMD. The grid may be placed on items such as a refrigerator or medicine cabinet for daily use. To request a grid with instructions for use, go to: http://www.preventblindness.org/AMD-age-related-macular-degeneration.