Navigation Links
Don't Lose Sight of Vision Care, Group Urges
Date:2/17/2008

February is 'Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month'

SUNDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- As part of its efforts to educate Americans about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Prevent Blindness America has declared February Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month.

AMD -- a progressive disease that damages central vision -- costs the U.S. economy $570 million a year in direct costs for outpatient and inpatient care, and prescription drugs, the nonprofit group said.

Even though AMD affects 15 million people in the United States and is the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 55 and older, only 30 percent of Americans are familiar with the disease, according to research by AMD Alliance International.

"We are seeing some promising results from research studies around the world in regards to understanding AMD and the best methods to treat it," Daniel D. Garrett, senior vice president of Prevent Blindness America and AMD Alliance International board member, said in a prepared statement.

"But even with the latest drug therapies, we are still waiting for a cure. Until that happens, the best way to save vision is through regular vision care with your eye care professional," he said.

To help people learn more about the disease, Prevent Blindness America offers a free educational online resource called The AMD Learning Center. The group also reminds people that there's a link between healthy lifestyle habits and health eyes. You can reduce your risk of eye disease and vision loss if you:

  • Eat healthy foods high in antioxidants, such as leafy green vegetables, and foods high in zinc and beta carotene.
  • Avoid trans fats.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Control blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly.

More information

The U.S. National Eye Institute has more about AMD.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Prevent Blindness America, news release, Jan. 30, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Most With High Blood Pressure Dont Follow Recommended Diet
2. Survey confirms Americans prefer root canal treatment by endodontists
3. Ortho Organizers(R) Announces the Launch of the Ancor Pro(TM) Orthodontic Anchorage System Hands-on Course
4. Treating your periodontal pockets may benefit your pocket book
5. Growing Link Between Diabetes and Periodontal Disease Focus of National Gathering for Health Care Leaders
6. Health effects of pesticide mixtures: Unexpected insights from the salmon brain
7. Yale study offers insight into possible cause of lymphoma
8. Fortune 100 Companies Share Customer Experience Insights in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 25-27
9. MGT Capital Investments, Inc. is Delighted with the Announcement of Medicsights Commercial Agreement with Toshiba PACS Division
10. Transitions Optical Promotes Healthy Sight Through a Nationwide Integrated Advertising Campaign and the Launch of an Enhanced Consumer Web Site
11. Investor Insight Initiates Analyst Coverage on Crdentia
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From ... every danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the ... is a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of ... announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 ... Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... leader in post-acute health care, have expanded their existing home health joint venture ... , AccentCare has been operating a joint venture home health company with Asante, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System ... of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by ... Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... property taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, ... many overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/28/2017)... 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), ... call and webcast on Friday, November 3, 2017, beginning ... ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. (CDT) / 9:30 a.m. ... 2017 financial performance and guidance for 2018, Hill-Rom executives ... enhance operational performance, and long-range financial outlook through 2020. ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... NEW YORK , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. ... big data solutions, today announced that its MyDario product is expected to ... TV listings for when The Dr. Oz Show airs in your area: ... The nine-time Emmy award-winning, ... ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... , Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. ... response letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... of sirukumab for the treatment of moderately to severely ... additional clinical data are needed to further evaluate the ... severely active RA. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: