February is recognized globally as AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) and Low Vision Awareness Month. At Accra Specialist Eye Hospital, we’re committed to educating our community about these conditions, their impact on vision, and the importance of early detection and management.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older.
- It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision.
- AMD is categorized into two types: Dry (atrophic) and Wet (neovascular or exudative).
Recognizing Low Vision:
- Low vision is a term used when standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery can’t correct vision impairment.
- It encompasses a range of conditions including reduced central or peripheral vision, diminished contrast sensitivity, and problems with glare.
Risks and Prevention:
- Major risk factors for AMD include age, smoking, family history, and diet.
- Preventive measures include regular eye exams, a diet rich in antioxidants, managing other health conditions like hypertension, and protecting eyes from UV light.
Treatment and Management:
- While there’s no cure for AMD, treatments can slow its progression or improve vision. Options include anti-VEGF injections, laser therapy, and low vision aids.
- Managing low vision involves using visual aids and making modifications in the home and workplace to enhance the remaining vision.
Understanding and managing AMD and low vision is crucial to maintaining quality of life. This February, we encourage everyone, especially those over 50, to get a comprehensive eye exam and learn more about these conditions.
Get Informed and Take Action Visit Accra Specialist Eye Hospital for an eye exam and expert advice on AMD and low vision. Early detection can make a significant difference.
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