View VideoIf you have macular degeneration, a family history of AMD, or are in the “macular generation” (age 60 or above), you should be particularly attentive to controlling your risk factors. Since AMD can be genetic, relatives should also follow these guidelines:

  • Stop smoking. The risk of AMD is at least 7 times higher for smokers
  • Eat a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables, containing fish, and low in saturated fats
  • Control high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular exercise. Get some exercise and maintain a healthy weight
  • Consider vitamin supplementation. A long-term study on age-related eye disease and vitamins found that a combination of antioxidants and zinc could reduce the progression of vision loss. Ask your doctor if vitamins are an appropriate treatment for you
  • Protect your eyes from harmful sunlight. Wear sunglasses and a hat or visor

 

While there are treatments for wet AMD, there is no cure, and for dry AMD there is currently no treatment. This makes it very important for you to control your risk factors. We know that certain lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking can contribute to the development and progress of AMD, while others, such as healthy diet and exercise, may slow down the process. You can learn more about those here (there is NO sound):

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Trivia: Sun Risk

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UV Protective Lenses

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Blue Filtering Polarized Lenses

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Quit Smoking

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Nutrition Health

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Drink Water

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First Lady Sunglasses

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Winter Sun Protection

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The Discovery Eye Foundation
Here are some tips to controlling your risk factors for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.