AMD affects about 2.1 million people nationwide, making it the top cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans over 50 years of age. Prevention of vision loss hinges upon early diagnosis and treatment.
Ophthalmologists—physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care—have more tools than ever to diagnose the disease earlier, and to treat it more effectively. But these advances cannot help patients whose disease is undiagnosed or who are unaware of the seriousness of their disease. People’s lack of understanding about AMD constitutes a real danger to public health. A recent study showed that most people with AMD don’t recognize it as a chronic health issue that requires regular attention for the rest of their lives.
The Academy offers seven steps to help people take control of their eye health:
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