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Posted on 09-20-2017
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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