Program looks at increase in young adults afflicted with macular degeneration

Macular degeneration, an age-related eye condition which causes loss of vision and blindness, and normally seen in older people, is on the rise in younger ones.

Bill Pearson, president of the Sun City Foundation and a Recreation Centers of Sun City board member, said doctors have been tracking a rapid increase in macular degeneration cases across the country.

The phenomenon is called “Blue Light Epidemic,” because of the increase use in computers, smart phones, tablets, flat screen TVs and new energy efficient florescent bulbs and others used in offices and homes. He said the technology creates a cumulative lifetime exposure to blue wavelength light.

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