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February - AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month                                       

South Jersey Eye Physicians, PA reminds older adults to have a comprehensive eye exam if they notice signs of low vision

Each day, approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65, and one in six adults this age and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.[1] As part of its support for Low Vision Awareness Month this February, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and South Jersey Eye Physicians, PA are providing older adults with low vision guidance on how to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.

An estimated 2.9 million Americans have low vision, which makes it difficult or impossible for them to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces. Low vision can be caused by eye diseases that are more common in older people, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Fortunately, there are many strategies and resources available to people with low vision that can help them overcome these challenges. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and South Jersey Eye Physicians, PA recommend that people with low vision and those who care for them follow these tips:

South Jersey Eye Physicians, PA urges people who suspect they may have low vision to see an ophthalmologist for a proper diagnosis through a comprehensive eye exam. Seniors age 65 and older who are concerned about the cost of an eye exam may be eligible for EyeCare America, a public service program from the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that provides medical eye exams and up to one year of care, often at no out-of-pocket cost.

To see if you or your loved ones qualify for EyeCare America, visit www.eyecareamerica.org. To learn more about age-related eye diseases and low vision resources, visit www.geteyesmart.org.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, serving more than 32,000 members worldwide. The Academy's mission is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. For more information, visit www.aao.org

The Academy is also a leading provider of eye care information to the public. The Academy's EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or www.ojossanos.org to learn more.

About EyeCare America
Established in 1985, EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is committed to the preservation of sight, accomplishing its mission through public service and education. EyeCare America provides year-round eye care services to medically underserved seniors and those at increased risk for eye disease. More than 90 percent of the care made available is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the patients. With more than 6,000 volunteer ophthalmologists throughout the nation, EyeCare America has helped more than 1.8 million people since its inception. EyeCare America is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc., with additional support provided by Alcon and Genentech. More information can be found at www.eyecareamerica.org.

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[1] http://www.pewresearch.org/daily-number/baby-boomers-retire/

Posted on February 01, 2016