AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
February 1 – February 28 CST
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month, observed in February and sponsored by the National Eye Institute Information Office, raises awareness about AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) and Low Vision. These disorders have an impact on people of all ages, yet few are aware of AMD and low vision symptoms, risk factors, and the way to manage these disorders. In the United States, the most common causes of low vision are AMD, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss affecting more than 15 million adults aged 50 and up.
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Eye Institute Information Office, encourages people to learn more about AMD or Low Vision. It also aims to disseminate information about how to care for one’s eyes, brings awareness to the symptoms, risk factors and treatment of AMD or Low Vision, raises funds needed for its research and related programs, and pushes people to help educate others.