A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Driving Research & SAVING SIGHT with Foundation Fighting Blindness {Get a Free Info Packet}

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Driving Research & SAVING SIGHT with Foundation Fighting Blindness {Get a Free Info Packet}

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foundation Fighting Blindness. All thoughts are 100% my own. 



Today I took a walk with my children. As we walked I found myself taking in all of the sights. I saw the leaves as they began to change colors and fall to the ground--- the sheer beauty of living in the midwest in the fall. I saw the clouds in the sky, offering us that bit of shade. I saw the joy in my children's faces as they discovered little treasures like acorns and pine cones while we walked. Not only did I see these beauties but I saw signs that kept us safe- the crosswalk lights and the oncoming traffic, where my children were and that they were out of danger.

On that walk I realized just how much I use my eyes. To see my children, to keep them safe--- eyesight is such a crucial part of our everyday lives. Can you imagine what life could be like without it?

Sadly for many that becomes the reality as they grow older. Sure its an age old joke that as we age we suddenly find ourselves needing hearing aids and glasses, but the reality is it's no laughing matter to those affected. Did you know that every year nearly 10 million Americans go blind due to AMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration?

What is AMD?


AMD is an eye disease that causes the loss of central vision. Specifically, it causes degeneration of light-sensitive cells in the macula, the central portion of the retina which enables us to perceive fine visual detail. The macula helps us with activities such as reading, driving and threading a needle.

For as much as we use our eyes day in and day out, that can be a very harsh reality to experience and one that I would not wish upon anyone. I want to be able to see and make memories with my children and their children after them.

The exciting news is that a cure is in sight! The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non-profit organization, has provided funding for research on cures for blindness, specifically AMD, since 1971. In fact, with the research FFB has already made possible, treatments to stop and in some cases even reverse retinal disease is a reality. This is great news for people over 55 and their families. With AMD it is nearly impossible for grandparents to enjoy the little things in life such as playing games, watching movies and reading to their grandchildren. However, due to innovative research, those things are once again possible for many people…but, they need to continue this outreach, support additional research and find cures.

Perhaps the best place we can start in helping is by knowing exactly what AMD is- what to look for and how it can be treated. If you think that you or a loved one might be experiencing AMD, head on over to download this FREE PDF with more information about AMD.

Do you have any personal stories with Age Related Macular Degeneration? Feel free to share in the comments. And don't forget to share this post with anyone who might need it. 

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