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Title: Elevating Eye Care: Minnesota’s Dr. Palmer Paving the Way for Low Vision Awareness and Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month in February

Image of a man with a child on their shoulders as seen through the lens of Age-Related Macular DegenerationUnited States, 13th Feb 2024, King NewsWire - February marks National Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month, drawing attention to a significant health issue affecting Americans aged 60 and older. AMD stands as a primary cause of low vision and blindness in this demographic, impacting approximately 1.6 million individuals in the United States. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, the prevalence of AMD is anticipated to rise considerably, prompting concerns about its potential public health impact.AMD is characterized by the gradual deterioration of central vision, impairing tasks such as reading and driving due to the blurring of fine details. This condition primarily affects the macula, a critical area of the eye responsible for detailed vision.The leading causes of low vision in the United States are AMD, followed by glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Low vision significantly disrupts daily activities, including reading, shopping, cooking, and driving, causing frustration and anxiety for affected individuals.Several risk factors contribute to the development of AMD, including age, genetics, diet, weight, smoking, other eye conditions, systemic diseases, gender, race, and exposure to UV light.Low vision care offers personalized solutions to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by vision loss. Specialists like Minnesota’s Dr. Palmer, trained at the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), focus on enhancing independence through prescription glasses like bioptic telescope glasses. Low vision rehabilitation is the standard of care as stated by both the American Optometric Association and the...

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