24.02.2009

America gears up for AMD Awareness Month

America gears up for AMD Awareness Month

Americans are being prepared for next month when there will be an awareness campaign for a condition which can cause sight loss.

The American Academy of Opthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society and the Macular Society are gearing up for educating Americans about age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

One sufferer involved in the campaign is Marilyn Gozdon, who lost most of the sight in her left eye before certain new treatments came into existence.

Mark S Hughes, retinal specialist with Opthalmic Consultants of Boston, said that if AMD is diagnosed at an early stage, sufferers can take action to slow down the process and treatment can be given.

"People need to know the risks so that they can save their sight," he said.

The Royal National Institute for the Blind explains that AMD rarely causes complete blindness although it is the biggest reason for people over 60 having poor vision.

Risk factors include age, nutrition and smoking.

by Alexa Kaczka


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