The National Eye Institute’s National Eye Health Education Program Module 2 (https://nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/visionandaging/toolkit/module2) provides a review of the age-related eye diseases and conditions that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness in older people.
The organization has links to PowerPoint presentations, speaker’s guide on how to present the information contained in the PowerPoint, promotional event announcements, and infographics that can be readily used. Although not specific to AMD, this particular module promotes annual exams as some diseases are not noticeable in their early stages.
The government agency also offers facts and prevention tips on AMD, including:
• By 2050, more than 5.4 million Americans are expected to have AMD, up from 2.1 million in 2010;
• 89% of those with AMD in the United States are Caucasian;
• Factors to reduce the risk of developing AMD include avoiding smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet.