February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month, a month to increase awareness and emphasize solutions. In the U.S. alone 2.1 million people have AMD, a vision disorder that include symptoms like blurry vision, dark areas and can result in permanent loss of central vision.
Perhaps you have recently been made aware that you or a loved one has age-related macular degeneration. You may ask yourself – what do I do? How will I cope? How will they cope? So consider following these tips below and you can get back to what you do best!
Coping With AMD
AMD can definitely impact your life and everyone around you, so what can you do to cope with it? Here are some unique ways, in addition to getting medical treatment, to help you out:
- educate yourself about this vision disorder
- keep your head up; people who have a positive outlook are able to better cope with AMD
- remember that you’re not alone; stay engaged with your friends and family
- maybe even seek a counselor or support group; it can help to be with others and learn how they’re coping with AMD
- get the devices and learning skills to help aid in your everyday life.
When it comes to increasing awareness and helping others to prevent getting AMD, did you know that lifestyle can actually make a difference? It really does, in fact if you:
- avoid smoking
- maintain normal cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- go take that jog you’re always wanting to take
- eat that healthy diet that has a lot of green, leafy vegetables and fish
your chances of getting AMD decrease substantially.
Early detection through annual comprehensive eye exams is truthfully one of the best defenses. Help Corrective Eye Center to increase awareness this month by spreading the word about Age-Related Macular Degeneration. If you think you’re at risk, or if it runs in your family, schedule a dilated eye exam at one of our four Cleveland and Greater Cleveland locations.