When you hear UV Safety Month, what do you think of? Sunscreen likely springs to mind, along with concealing clothing, sun hats, and reduced time outside during peak UV periods. But what about your eyes?
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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of severe vision loss in men and women over the age of 50. As the name suggests, AMD develops as you age, but there are other elements that can contribute to your likelihood of getting this eye disease.
There are several eye diseases that develop with age that often go undiagnosed until some of your vision has already been lost. Eye conditions such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are leading causes of blindness in America.
Degenerative eye disorders like glaucoma and macular degeneration severely impact the lives of about 6 million people across the world. Despite this large number, the cause of these conditions is still unknown.
Eye surgeons and scientists in London have performed a procedure on a patient aiming to cure her blindness, which was caused by age-related macular degeneration. If the procedure is successful, it could possibly lead to a cure for macular degeneration-related blindness in the future.