It’s not uncommon for people to suffer from low vision. The United States has more than 20 million people with some form of vision loss, many of whom remain undiagnosed.
This February, when AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month takes place, is a great time to check your vision.
Here are a few tips on how to make the most of this month:
Get A Regular Eye Exam
If you last had an eye exam a while ago, make an appointment with an eye doctor. These exams can help detect vision problems early on.
In addition to these tips, you can also help spread awareness about AMD and low vision by talking to your friends and family about the importance of regular eye exams.
Take Breaks When You’re Using The Computer
If you work on the computer all day, your eyes can get tired. To reduce eye fatigue, take breaks every 20 minutes or so. During your break, look away from the screen and focus on something else in the room.
Use Proper Lighting When You Read
If you have trouble reading, try using a lamp with a higher-wattage bulb. Place the lamp, so it shines directly on the page, not over your shoulder.
Invest In A Magnifier
If you have trouble reading small print, consider investing in a magnifier. These devices can make reading books, newspapers, and other materials.
Donate to Organizations That Support People With Vision Loss
These organizations often provide resources and support to people with vision loss and funding for research into treatments and cures.
Participate in Local Events and Fundraisers
Walks and runs, educational seminars, and more happen during AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month in many communities. Find out what’s happening at your local organizations.
Share Information About AMD and Low Vision on Social Media
Use hashtags like #AMDawareness and #LowVisionAwareness to help spread the word and raise awareness about these conditions.
Encourage Your Friends and Family to Get Regular Eye Exams
Checking your eyes regularly can prevent many vision problems. If your loved one has not seen an eye doctor, encourage them to.
Help Friends and Family Members Who Have Vision Loss
Whether helping them read a book or offering to drive them to appointments, there are many ways you can help those with vision loss. Let them know you’re there to support them.
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