For the next 20 years 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 years old every day. September is Healthy Aging Month, a month designed to focus national attention on the importance of seniors taking personal responsibility for their health. Common health concerns for seniors are heart disease, stroke, and cancer - but eye health is an area that tends to be overlooked. The leading cause of blindness and central vision loss among adults over the age of 65 is age-related macular degeneration (AMD).2 According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), more than nine million Americans have the disease,3 which breaks down the eye's macula – a small area in the sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye called the retina – that allows you to see fine details clearly. AMD has two forms - wet and dry. While dry AMD leads to a gradual loss of vision, wet AMD, leads to faster vision loss, is the most advanced form of the disease, and is responsible for 80 to 90 percent of all AMD-related blindness.4 As AMD is not commonly detected in patients until they begin to suffer vision loss, it is critical for seniors to understand the importance of protecting their vision by encouraging routine eye exams and proper eye care. Early detection can delay the progression of AMD, and, in some cases, prevent further vision loss.
Deidre Hall, legendary soap star featured on “Days of Our Lives” for more than 30 years, has a family history of AMD and as a result takes her eyesight very seriously. To raise awareness around Healthy Aging Month and eye health, she together with a physician specializing in diseases and surgery related to the retina, relay important information about the disease.
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