Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye disease that affects millions. Is there any way to prevent AMD? Experts do say there are a few ways you can protect your eyes from macular degeneration.
What You Need to Know About AMD
AMD causes blurred vision because of damage to the macula. The macula is a small area at the back of the eye. It’s normal to have damage in that area by the time you are 60.
It’s also more common in women and people who are white. Anyone who has a higher chance of getting AMD should get yearly eye exams.
6 Ways to Protect Your Eyes From Macular Degeneration
1. Stop Smoking
Smoking can double your risk of developing AMD.
2. Know Your Family History
If you have a relative that has AMD, that means you have a higher risk of developing it yourself. Knowing your family history will allow you to look for any potential symptoms.
Symptoms to look for are having a hard time recognizing faces, not being able to adapt to low light, and straight lines looking wavy.
3. Eat Your Greens
Spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and other leafy greens are high in antioxidant vitamins. These protect against cellular damage from free radicals.
4. Take Multivitamins
If you don’t eat well, you need to be taking multivitamins. If you have a large risk of AMD, you need to ask your doctor for a special blend of supplements called AREDS.
This isn’t a treatment or cure but will minimize your risk of getting a more severe version of AMD.
5. Wear Sunglasses
Wear sunglasses that will protect you from UV and blue light. These types of light can cause eye damage. Sunglasses with a “UV 400” label are best.
6. Healthy Blood Pressure
Poor circulation due to high blood pressure can restrict blood flow to your eyes.
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