Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate offers free eye health resources

Press Staff Writer

        As part of February’s Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month, the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, is offering free resources to the public to help educate and empower individuals and their care partners to make informed decisions about their vision and eye health.
        AMD is an eye disease that is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans ages 50 and older. It affects central vision, where sharpest vision occurs, causing difficulty conducting daily tasks such as driving, reading, and recognizing faces.
        According to a new study leveraging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System, “The Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the United States In 2019,” more than 19 million Americans ages 40 and older were estimated to be living with AMD in 2019. Prevalence of AMD increases with age. Among persons ages 80 and older, approximately three in 10 have early AMD, and approximately 1 in 10 have the vision-threatening late form.
        The Prevent Blindness and Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate “AMD Learning Center” at, and a free GuideMe app, are designed for those who have been recently diagnosed with AMD.
        The GuideMe app works by asking a few questions about the user and the user’s AMD diagnosis. It then creates a customized guide with helpful information, tips, resources and suggested steps to take to be proactive about protecting vision. AMD fact sheets and shareable graphics in English and Spanish are also available for free download.
        Prevent Blindness recently launched the redesigned resource, “Living Well With Low Vision.” The program provides accessible guides, such as the “Self-Help Guide to Non-Visual Skills” and “The ABC's of Caring for the Visually Impaired” handbook. Additionally, the site has patient and care partner resource directories, and a new feature dedicated to vision loss and mental wellness. Visitors can also find information on the latest vision research, disease-specific news and clinical trials. This resource is supported by grants from Genentech and Horizon Therapeutics.
        As our population ages, the number of people who are affected by vision loss will continue to climb,” said Amy Pulles, president & CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness. “Thanks to our generous partners, we are able to provide the public with information they need to hopefully help slow the progression of AMD, as well as the resources for patients and care partners to face the many challenges that low vision can present.”
        For more information on AMD, low vision, or general vision and eye health topics, contact the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness at (800) 301-2020 or


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