AMD Awareness Week is an annual campaign that aims to increase public awareness of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and highlight the importance of early diagnosis.
Fighting Blindness work with a number of organisations including NCBI, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) and Novartis, to empower people with the information and resources to maintain healthy eyesight. We encourage anyone who is worried about their vision to speak to a healthcare professional and get their eyes tested. A number of optometrists and a dedicated Novartis mobile testing unit offered free AMD testing in various locations nationwide throughout the week.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes the gradual loss of sight due to blurring or loss of central vision. The severity of the disease depends on each person and on how quickly it is detected. AMD is a chronic disease – it cannot be cured but certain forms of the disease can be treated. Early detection is important to potentially stop the spread of the disease and to protect your sight.