Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the developed world. While there are some treatments, there is not currently a cure. There are, however, steps you can take to reduce the risk of developing AMD.
Research suggests that taking specific dietary and nutritional actions may influence AMD development or progression. Certain food compounds can combat the oxidative damage that has been linked to AMD. Including nutrients in your diet such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and zinc can help to counteract oxidative damage. In addition, the intake of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet have been reported to reduce AMD risk.
Your first line of defense against age-related macular degeneration is to get routine eye exams. Your optometrist or eye professional will let you know how often you should undergo such exams and will give you early indications of any evidence of the condition. As with many other ailments, the eyes offer a window to your health and eye examinations are an excellent way to reveal many illnesses early.
Other measures you may want to take in order to reduce the risk of AMD include:
- Manage other medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure by following your physicians prescribed treatment and medication
- Quit smoking and get help to do so if you need it
- Maintain a healthy weight through eating a balanced diet and regular exercise
- Maximize your intake of vitamin-rich foods for their antioxidant qualities such as fruits and vegetables, particularly dark green leafy vegetables. Include in your diet foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish and nuts. People who eat fish three times a week show lower incidence of AMD. Individuals with diets high in saturated fats have a higher risk of AMD.
- Speak to your health care professional about supplements that may aid in slowing the progression of AMD
Many of these suggested measures may sound similar to how you might prevent any number of diseases, and that is true. There is a delicate balance in the human body and with all systems connected, it makes sense that their ability to stay well require similar strategies. At Eyes Focused on You we understand this intricate connection and offer a proactive, holistic approach to ensure your eye health and overall wellness are protected.