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February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month

a woman at risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a retinal disease that affects part of the back of the eye called the macula. When AMD damages the macula, the center part of a person’s vision may become blurred or wavy, and a blind spot may develop. According to the National Eye Institute, 11 million people in the United States have AMD. 

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Focus on Eye Health Expert Series: AMD and Low Vision
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AMD Resources at Prevent Blindness:

Many people with AMD may not notice symptoms right away until the disease progresses or affects both eyes. Vision changes due to AMD include:

  • Difficulty seeing in the center of vision, needed for reading, cooking, or driving
  • Trouble seeing in dim light
  • Straight lines (such as light poles) start to appear wavy, blurry, crooked or missing
  • Fading and/or changes in the appearance of colors
  • Difficulty recognizing familiar faces.
Do you or does someone you love have low vision? Find helpful resources at lowvision.preventblindnes.sorg

We're Two Months From the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

The April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse
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The coming eclipse will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the United States until 2044. Protect your eyes, and make the most of this unique celestial event, and don't forget your ISO-certified eclipse glasses.

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Join Us for the 2024 Person of Vision Dinner honoring Ed Buffington
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The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is hosting 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE on June 25-27, 2024 in Mexico City and online. Join a diverse spectrum of delegates from senior leaders with decades of experience to medical students, fellows, and emerging professionals in the field of eye health.

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