I had to undergo two eye surgeries last year, which terrified me. While the surgery wasn’t as bad as I anticipated, I certainly would prefer not to go through it again. Nor would I want any of you to experience it. Since then, and because my Type 1 Diabetes is known to affect vision, I’ve been doing more research on eye health.
One important eye health concern as we get older is called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and this is a good time to bring it to your attention because February is AMD Awareness Month.
AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 55, and the number of people with the disease is expected to double by 2020. Currently, over 2 million Americans have AMD, and over 7 million are at risk for developing the disease.
AMD is caused by deterioration and damage to the macula - a small spot near the center of the retina - which is the part of the eye that gives us sharp vision and the ability to see objects that are straight ahead.
Note the image below: [image with and without blurriness from EyePromise site]
The top image shows what it’s like to have AMD, and the bottom image shows healthy, normal vision. I, for one, detest driving at night because objects and signs appear blurred, and lights are glaring. I refuse to drive at night if it’s raining because it simply wouldn’t be safe for anyone!