Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for adult Americans aged 60 and older. Statistically it affects over 1.6 million, and that number doesn’t include those persons who haven’t been officially diagnosed. It’s a progressive disease, and unfortunately there is no cure. It steals a person’s vision quietly and almost imperceptibly; it affects the retina, which in composition is only a tissue-thin lining at the back of the eye, and it causes the cells in the area to die. So, unless a person is diagnosed by his or her eye doctor, there are no immediate symptoms, and by the time the person experiences the more apparent symptoms of the disease, such as blind spots, grayness, and any other type of distortion in the center of his or her vision, the disease has already progressed to advanced stages.

While there is no cure for AMD, there could be ways to prevent it from happening. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is a good start. You should also not use tobacco, and try and eat a healthy diet. Certain foods are known to benefit both eyesight and bodily health. A diet with plenty of leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard greens, etc. Also include fatty fish such as salmon or sardines; in Montana, it can be difficult to get quality seafood and the canned varieties, especially sardines and tuna, are easy to find in the store and are simple to prepare. And while you are eating a healthy diet, remember also to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.

It’s also a good idea to protect your eyes from the sun. Remember to wear sunglasses whenever you go out. The sunglasses you choose should be designed to protect the eyes from harmful UV Rays.

AMD is a widespread problem. It’s important that everyone stick to regular eye exams at the intervals specified by your age and recommended by your eye doctor at Vision Optical. If you have any questions about AMD, or need to schedule an appointment for either you or someone you care for, then call Vision Optical today. 

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