February’s Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month draws attention to the causes of low vision and the resources, services, and vision aids that help those living with sight loss maximize their remaining vision and lead productive lives. AMD is a significant cause of vision loss in the United States. The BrightFocus Foundation reports that nearly 11 million people have some form of AMD with this number expected to double by 2050. At lowvisionmd.com, you’ll find an extensive collection of information about low vision, including AMD, to help guide you or your loved one.
This year the awareness month coincides with the 45th anniversary of Low Vision Specialists of MD and VA. In celebration of this milestone, we’re excited to debut our 45th anniversary logo that incorporates different shades of blue to reflect the various kinds of sight loss:
What began in 1975 by newly minted doctor of optometry Thomas Azman as a family-owned practice with a basement office in Pikesville, Maryland, has expanded to include 15 offices across 3 states with a focus on exceptional care for every patient and ongoing high-level training in the low vision field for continued professional development. And Dr. Thomas Azman continues to make house calls!
Our 2019 highlights include:
- Being named a CooperVision Best Practice Honoree for elevating the optometry profession through innovation, industry leadership, and patient experience
- Sponsoring a U.S. book tour of Dave Steele, the Blind Poet from Manchester, U.K.
- Launching our monthly sight-loss support group for the greater Baltimore area
- Adding renowned Blind Motherhood blogger Holly Bonner to our current roster of sight-loss champions: Sam Seavey of The Blind Life, Dave Steele, The Blind Poet, and vlogger Lannie D.
During this 45th anniversary year, we look forward to:
- Continuing our commitment to exceptional patient service and care
- Renewing our public outreach to promote awareness and strategies for living and working with low vision
- Growing and celebrating our sight-loss community
- Sharing more success stories