Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a top cause of blindness worldwide. In the U.S. alone, around 11 million individuals suffer from some form of AMD. As February marks AMD Awareness Month, NOVA Vision Center, your leading provider of premier eyeglasses and other eye care services, discusses ways to prevent this condition.
AMD Risk Factors
The number one risk factor for AMD development is increasing age. At least one third of people over the age of 75 will develop this condition. Those who have a family history of this problem are also more likely to develop it later on. In addition, smoking drastically increases your risk of developing AMD.
Your eye doctor explains that Caucasians have a higher rate of having AMD than other races. Consuming foods with high fat or cholesterol content may increase your risk, as can overexposure to damaging UV rays.
There is no cure for AMD yet. There are, however, ways to halt its progression or even prevent it from developing in the first place. You can start by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eat dark, leafy greens, like kale and spinach. They are excellent sources lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that fight off free radicals that can damage your macula.
Quitting smoking is an absolute must if you want to minimize the risk of AMD. Pair this with an exercise routine for good blood circulation to your eyes. Most importantly, have a comprehensive eye exam regularly; early AMD detection is key to halting the progression of AMD.
For more tips on how to lower your risk of developing AMD, call us at (703) 291-0080. You may also fill out our form to request an appointment. We serve Falls Church and Arlington, VA, and the surrounding areas.