Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that usually occurs after age 60. It progressively destroys the macula — the central portion of the retina — impairing central vision.
AMD is the Primary Cause of Vision Loss
According to the blindness and visual impairment project of the World Health Organization, AMD is the primary cause of vision loss in industrialized countries.
Smoking has been shown to increase one’s risk of developing AMD. In fact, the more and longer a person smokes, the greater the risk. Studies have also indicated that higher intake of some animal and vegetable fats and processed baked goods is also implicated in AMD.
The good news is that research has revealed that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing AMD.
10 Ways to Prevent Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Here are ten simple steps you can take to slow the progression of AMD and reduce your risk of getting it:
- First and foremost, don’t smoke.
- Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. Raw spinach is a great choice.
- Take a balanced multivitamin supplement, like Centrum Silver (unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise).
- Eat fish or take a fish oil supplement.
- Exercise regularly and aim to maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat fruits and nuts regularly.
- Limit your intake of refined carbohydrates and processed baked goods.
- Control your blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Wear sunglasses outdoors to block UV and blue light that may damage your eyes.
- Get regular eye exams.
Consider these Protective Nutrients
Additionally, the following protective nutrients have shown real promise for helping to prevent AMD:
- omega-3 fatty acids
If you suspect you may have AMD, don’t wait – contact your eye doctor. Dr. Scharfman serves all of central New Jersey. Contact our office today to set up an appointment.
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