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Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

February is Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) Month. It is a great time to learn about this condition that is the leading cause of blindness in North America of people over 55. During the month let’s talk about what it is like to have ARMD, those at risk, early detection, types of ARMD, treatments and prevention. 

So firstly, what would you perceive if you had ARMD? Well it varies person to person, depending on the type and severity they have, but a good description would be patchy/blotchy central vision. Imagine looking at someone’s face but all you could see was their hair and chin. As you look over to their ear you might catch a glimpse of their features and expression using your peripheral vision but it would be blurred. Talk about frustrating! With no central vision you can not read or drive. You loose a significant amount of independence. ARMD is permanent and completely affects your quality of life. 

I’ve been helping detect, treat, monitor and assist people suffering with ARMD for years in hospital and clinics. But what’s given me the most insight into the condition is a close family member that has been dealing with it for over 20 years now. I have seen it progress for her and know what she deals with at home. Are any of you dealing with it or helping someone with it? 
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Gregory clark