February is Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month. Vision Care Specialists is serious about AMD prevention and treatment using the latest techniques to slow the progression of the condition when it occurs. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 50 so it pays to know the facts and take action to protect yourself and your loved ones.
AMD impairs central vision, which results in an inability to perform tasks such as reading and driving, and can eventually lead to blindness. It impacts 15 million Americans and that number is expected to rise in coming years with the aging baby-boomer population.
AMD is often misunderstood by the community and at-risk individuals. The average AMD patient is 80 years old, so many younger people think they have nothing to fear. This disease affects the older population on a large scale, but there are things that individuals of any age can do to reduce the likelihood of experiencing macular degeneration. AMD prevention is all about a healthy lifestyle:
- Don’t smoke
- Eat plenty of dark, leafy vegetables
- Take a multi-vitamin supplement
- Eat lots of fish or consider a fish oil supplement
- Exercise regularly
- Eat fruit and nuts daily
- Reduce carbohydrates
- Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection
- Have regular eye exams
Want to learn more about AMD awareness month? AMD toolkits are available from AMD.org, the macular degeneration partnership that provides support and resources by those affected by the disease. Additionally, Prevent Blindness, the oldest volunteer eye health group in America, provides education and free services to assist people suffering from eye conditions.
Finally, MacuHealth will donate $1 for every Tweet or Facebook post with the hashtag #AMDAwareness or #TrustTheScience to one of their charity partners. So get social to help increase AMD awareness!
How to Use this Information: If you have any questions about age related macular degeneration, or any eye health topics, talk to the experts at Vision Care Specialists! Call or go online to schedule an appointment today!