Macular Degeneration Prevention
What is Macular Degeneration?
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (known as AMD) is an eye disease that affects the retina causing loss of central vision. This disease is one of the lead causes of severe vision loss in people who are 50 years and older. The good news is that a better understanding of the disease and its risk factors can help prevent AMD and slow down it’s progression.
There are two types of AMD, dry and wet. Around 80% of people with this disease have the dry form which is the less serious type. The more rare and severe kind of AMD is the wet form. The only way to develop the wet form is when dry AMD becomes wet and therefore early detection is very important in order to prevent severe consequences. There are certain precautions that can be taken in order to ensure a healthier lifestyle which is very much related to maintaining a healthy retina and lowering the chance of developing AMD.
How can I prevent AMD?
There are various decisions we can make throughout our lifetime to decrease the chance of allowing macular degeneration to damage our visual abilities at a later stage. Don’t wait until you approach the age when developing AMD becomes common; if you take care to follow the tips discussed below you can help prevent the development of this disease. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wear sunglasses to protect my eyes?
The answer is yes! UV exposure is proven to cause damage to the eyes and can be related to AMD so it is best to make the wise choice to be careful to wear sunglasses and also to wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep sunlight out of your eyes.
Are there any vitamins I could take to protect myself from AMD?
Extensive research has been performed in two studies known as AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Studies) and it was found that taking supplements consisting of vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and copper could decrease the chance of AMD harming your vision. Please ask your doctor if these supplements are right for you.
Macular degeneration is a condition that affects people later on in life, causing major changes in day to day life functionality with the decrease of central visual abilities. It’s important to adapt healthy lifestyle changes in order to prevent the development of this disease. Regardless of what stage of life you are at now, you will definitely thank yourself later if you took the proper precautions to protect your retina from macular degeneration.