The American Academy of Ophthalmology has recognized February as Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for people ages 60 and older in the United States. The most recent statistics show that over 10 million Americans have AMD.
AMD is characterized by a loss of central vision due to damage to the retina. Although there is currently no cure available for this disease, recent advancements in treatment options for AMD are allowing for more and more patients to save their vision. Early detection is crucial when it comes to diagnosing, treating and managing Macular Degeneration. Our doctors at Grin Eye Care want to urge you to be aware of the risk factors associated with AMD and remind you to get your eyes checked on a regular basis.
The greatest risk factors for developing AMD include:
- Age (people over the age of 50)
- Family history of AMD
- History of smoking
- High cholesterol
- Lack of vitamins found in a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables
In order to reduce your risk of developing AMD, our doctors recommend the following:
- Be sure schedule your annual eye exam. Early detection is key!
- Eat a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (lots of fruits & veggies!!)
- Exercise regularly
- Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
- Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays
Here at Grin Eye Care, our board certified doctors are able to diagnose, treat and manage AMD. We use the latest technology and have all the resources available to help you preserve your vision. Contact our office to today to learn more about AMD and to schedule an exam with one of our doctors.