Main Street Promotes Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness

NEW YORK—Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss among people ages 50 and older. AMD causes damage to the macula—a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision—which lets us see objects that are straight ahead, according to the National Eye Institute.

As VMAIL previously reported, there are two types of AMD: wet AMD and dry AMD. Dry AMD, is the most common, affecting approximately 80 percent of people who have the disease. It occurs when parts of the macula get thinner and tiny clumps of protein grow causing loss of central vision. Wet AMD, though less common, is much more serious. It occurs when new, abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina. These vessels may leak blood or other fluids, causing scarring of the macula.

February is AMD Awareness month and eyecare practitioners have once again taken to social media to promote awareness. With varying posts, ECPs are encouraging their patients to eat healthier, get their eyes checked and are giving out as much information as possible about the disease.

Below is a compilation of some #AgeRelatedMacularDegeneration posts.