Numerous websites are designed to raise awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), some sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI), others by disease-specific foundations, and others by industry. Here is a basic overview of the websites and what can be found on them.
AMD/Low Vision Awareness have been coupled together in Personalized Cause, sponsored by the National Eye Institute Information Office.
According to the website, “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.”
Personalized Cause supports AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month with custom awareness ribbons, wristbands, and fabric ribbons.
Bausch + Lomb’s Sight Matters site offers plain-language summaries of macular degeneration and the damage it can cause to vision, what patients with the disease can expect, and how to find support among other patients.
Membership to the Sight Matters is free, and members “receive exclusive coupons for PreserVision eye vitamins that can save you over $60 a year.” (Bausch + Lomb markets the PreserVision brand of eye vitamins.)
Among the advice found on this site: creating an “AMD Action Plan” that includes answering a few questions so the site can help build a personal plan; what living with AMD means and includes insights into the best types of sunglasses to wear to protect eyes from blue light; how to use the printable Amsler grid to increase self-monitoring; and questions to ask eyecare specialists. The site encourages people to join support groups and provides links.