Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has launched a new online resource, GuideMe, designed for those who have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A disease that may include central vision becoming blurry or wavy, or a blind spot in the center of vision, AMD affects more than 2 million Americans ages 50 and older, including more than 88,000 Ohioans.
The intent of GuideMe is to simulate as accurately as possible a post-diagnosis consultation with a doctor or therapist. It is not, however, designed as a substitute for the advice and directions of an eye doctor. Users should make no assumptions about, or changes in, their diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment without the awareness of their treating physician.
GuideMe works by asking a few questions about the user and the user’s AMD diagnosis. It then uses the answers to create a customized guide with helpful information, tips, resources and suggested steps to take to be proactive about protecting vision. The customized Guide can be viewed online or downloaded and printed. If there are diagnosis changes and updates, users can return at any time and change their answers to create a new customized Guide.