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Posted on 09-20-2017

Ways You Can Slow the Progress of Macular Degeneration in Chicago

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in older people. It causes deterioration of the central vision, which can make it difficult to perform the activities of daily life. There are two types of macular degeneration, and which type you have determines what kind of macular degeneration treatment in Chicago is appropriate. Most people with AMD have the dry form, but about ten percent have the wet form.

senior man has macular degeneration and optometrist is examining his eyes in Chicago

Vitamins and Supplements

There are a number of vitamins and supplements marketed for eye health these days. Some of them can be quite effective, with research finding that there is up to a 25 percent reduction in the risk of AMD progression when taken regularly. However, some formulas are associated with slightly higher risks of other conditions, such as lung cancer. Talk to your optometrist if you are wondering which supplement is best for you.

Healthy Eating

There are a number of components of a healthy diet, all of which can be important for overall health and specifically the progression of AMD:

  • Eating lots of leafy greens, especially spinach and collard greens
  • Avoiding foods with a high glycemic load (mostly refined carbohydrates)
  • Eating fish regularly
  • Keeping the level of fat in your diet relatively low
  • Eating fruits and nuts regularly

All of these things have been shown to reduce the risk of developing AMD. Antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables as well as other foods, are associated with a lower risk of developing advanced or wet AMD.

Protect Your Eyes from UV Light

Sunglasses can be a weapon in the war on AMD. Excessive exposure to UV light appears to be linked to an increased risk of developing advanced or wet AMD, and it may be linked to developing milder forms of macular degeneration as well. There are numerous other benefits to protecting your eyes from excessive UV light, so wearing a pair of sunglasses whenever you are out in the daylight is an easy and effective way to improve eye health.

Control Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

High blood pressure is associated with developing more advanced forms of AMD. Some research indicates that high cholesterol may be associated with the risk of developing any type of macular degeneration. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, working with your doctor to bring it under control can decrease the risk of your AMD progressing.

Quit Smoking

Smoking alone is believed to cause many cases of AMD. Overall, smokers have a four-fold increase in their risk of developing macular degeneration. If you smoke, quitting can help improve your eye health and may slow the progression of your condition.

Have Regular Eye Exams

If you have macular degeneration, it is essential that the condition is monitored. There are a number of treatment options used in more advanced types of AMD that could be appropriate if your condition worsens. In addition, monitoring the condition allows you and your doctor to know if your preventative measures are working to slow the progression of your AMD. 

For Macular Degeneration Treatment Visit Our Chicago Optometrist

Eye Society provides macular degeneration treatment in Chicago so contact us at 312-640-2405 (Streeterville location) or 312-631-3247 (Loop location) to set up an appointment.

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