February is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness month. As healthcare providers, there are numerous resources available for download to help promote awareness to patients and to encourage patients to continue (or start) annual visual exams.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that AMD is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. Throughout the month of February, AAO “is reminding people with AMD that they can save their vision thanks to recent treatment advances, but early detection is a critical first step.” Contact the organization ([email protected]) for promotional materials to distribute to patients.
The American Society of Retina Specialists’ Saving Vision resource is geared towards people who want more information about retina disorders, and promotes the importance of care by a retina specialist.
Information on AMD is available at: https://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/2/age-related-macular-degeneration. The website features definitions, videos (including a public service announcement), and printable PDFs for eyecare providers to give to patients.