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February: AMD Awareness Month



February: AMD Awareness Month

Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss among elderly people, who slowly lose their central vision. In time, a person with macular degeneration may find it difficult or impossible to read, drive or recognize familiar faces.

You should be especially diligent about prevention measures if you already have a diagnosis of macular degeneration, or if you are older and the disease runs in your family.

Although macular degeneration prevention is possible, you can't rely on any one foolproof method. However, a variety of options are available to help reduce your risk.

Here are guidelines to help prevent or slow the progression of AMD:

1.Don't Smoke. Period.

2.Eat plenty ofdark, leafy green vegetables.

3.Take a multivitamin supplement.

4.If you already have AMD, ask your doctor about AREDS.

5.Eat fish or take a fish oil supplement.

6.Exercise regularly, and stay at a healthy weight.

7.Eat fruit and nuts daily.

8.Reduce refined carbohydrates.

9.Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

10.Wear appropriate sunglasses outdoors to block UV rays.

11.Have regular eye exams.