Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease, affecting one million people in Canada. More Canadians have AMD than breast cancer, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s combined. Yet few Canadians even realize it exists.
AMD is a progressive eye disease that affects central vision. People who have AMD may no longer be able to read, drive or see the faces of their family members. For many people, the personal, social and economic costs of AMD can be extremely challenging. And with an aging population, the number of people with the disease is expected to double in the next 25 years.
Without treatment, AMD can advance to uncorrectable vision loss. But with proper management, regular eye exams and help from the members of your health care team, you can slow down or even stop the progression of vision loss, and learn some helpful tips that will help you fully participate in life, despite vision loss.