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February is Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness. There are three stages of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD):
• Early AMD – Most people do not experience vision loss in the early stage of AMD, which is why regular eye exams are important, particularly if you have more than one risk factor (see below).• Intermediate AMD – There may be some vision loss, but there still may not be noticeable symptoms. A comprehensive eye exam with specific tests will look for changes in the retina.• Late AMD – At this stage, vision loss has become noticeable.
AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. affecting more than 10 million Americans, which is more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.
Roughly how many cataract surgeries are performed each year in the US?A. 2.7 million B. 3 million C. 3.8 million
Answer is C, 3.8 million https://idataresearch.com/over-3-8-million-cataract-surgeries-performed-... According to the National Eye Institute, cataract removal is one of the most common operations performed in the United States.
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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. The second leading cause of blindness, glaucoma, is a serious medical condition that affects more than 2.2 million Americans. The term glaucoma actually refers to a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. There are different types of glaucoma including:
Open angle: (Most common). In open angle glaucoma, aqueous fluid drains too slowly and pressure inside the eye builds up. It usually results from aging of the drainage channel, which doesn't work as well over time. However, younger people can also get this type of glaucoma.