February Marks Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month
February 2, 2024
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition affecting the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for sharp vision. AMD, a leading cause of vision loss in individuals over 50, comes in two forms: dry AMD, characterized by the buildup of drusen beneath the retina, and wet AMD, marked by abnormal blood vessel growth. Although genetics often play a role in the likelihood of developing AMD, there are other potentially modifiable risk factors, such as cardiovascular disease, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol levels, and poor diet.
While treatments for AMD exist, there’s still an urgent need for solutions to address prevention. Current research is exploring avenues such as inflammation, oxidative stress, and genetics in AMD progression. Exciting advancements in treatments targeting complement proteins and promoting neuroprotection offer hope for improved management and outcome. Until then, early detection and routine monitoring with your trusted eye care provider is key to preserving vision. In honor of AMD Awareness Month, take the initiative to prioritize your eye health by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam at the Eye Institute.