It’s Blindness Awareness Month, and blindness affects more people than most realize.
Worldwide, over 285 million people are visually impaired, and over 39 million of those people are completely blind.
10 million Americans have retinal diseases, which affect the tissue at the back of your eye. They can get worse over time.
Some people lose peripheral and night vision without losing their central vision. It depends on how retinal diseases affect them.
Retinal diseases include macular degeneration. Many people go blind over time with macular degeneration.
Symptoms of retinal diseases include seeing flecks, blurred vision, poor side vision, or vision lost.
If you’re worried you’re suffering from a retinal disease, your eye doctor can run some tests and talk to you about treatment options.
There are ways to take it easy on your eyes, like having your glasses prescription updated and choosing appliances made for low vision.