Your eyesight is one of your most precious gifts, not to mention that you rely on it so heavily for everyday life. Without it, driving is impossible (well, until we all get those self-driving cars), and you won’t see the faces of your loved ones.
Unfortunately, there are many eye problems that can rob you of your vision, so it’s important to recognize them and get checked out early. In honor of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision awareness month in February, here are seven vision problems to keep an eye out for…
1. Macular Degeneration
This degenerative condition of the eye is the “number one cause of severe vision loss in U.S. adults over age 60,” according to WhatIsLowVision.org. It typically affects vision in the central part of your field of view, which can affect your ability to drive, read, identify people and many other routine tasks.
The source notes there are 2-types of AMD, the “dry” and “wet” varieties. The dry is apparently slower progressing, but is still serious and requires frequent inspections by a professional. Early detection is key (laser treatment can help save your eyesight), but in some cases people don’t realize there’s a problem until their vision is blurred.