What is Age Related Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. It destroys the part of the eve that is responsible for central vision. There are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of AMD, but if left untreated, it may gradually result in blurred or loss of central vision; in one or both eyes. While it does not cause complete blindness, loss of central vision can make it hard to recognize faces, drive, read, or perform other daily activities.
AMD Risk Factors:
- Being over the age of 50
- Family history of AMD
Tips to Protect Your Eyes from AMD:
- Maintain normal blood pressure and cholesterol
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid smoking
- Healthy diet composed of fish, vegetables, and leafy greens
Early detection is key to preventing further progression of age-related macular degeneration. Schedule an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam with your SoCal Eye Specialist today, to learn how to protect your eyes from AMD.