The Health Corner
February is AMD awareness month; AMD is Age Related Macular Degeneration. Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 50 and older.
AMD is a gradual, progressive, painless deterioration of the macula; the macular is the small area in the center of the retina that gives us our detailed vision.
The macula works by picking out fine detail. When this is damaged, the center of your vision becomes blurred and distorted. Over time, this can worsen, resulting in blank or white patches in your vision. Naturally, this makes activities such as recognizing faces, and reading much more difficult.
Some studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, smoking cessation and maintaining a normal blood pressure will help to prevent the worsening of the degeneration. Finally, it is very important to have your eyes examined no less then every two years.
Eileen Ogden, RN, Resident Care Nurse