This February, we are raising awareness on Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in America. There are two forms of AMD: the “dry” condition and the “wet” condition. Early signs of the dry condition are blurring- ranging from mild to severe- due to the thinning of the retina. For every ten people with dry AMD, one person develops “wet” AMD, leaking blood vessels in the retina. Luckily, with early detection and modern advances in medicine, AMD is more manageable than ever before. 

The cause of AMD can range from genetics to eye color to race- however, there are some preventative measures you can make at home and adjustments to your lifestyle to keep you and your eye health safe.

How to prevent AMD in your daily routine: 

  1. Implementing a healthy diet – Studies have shown that individuals with a diet with high amounts of fat, cholesterol, and high glycemic index foods and low in antioxidants and green leafy vegetables may be more likely to develop AMD.
  2. Smoking – Smoking regularly may increase a person’s chances of developing AMD by two to five times more than someone who does not.
  3. Exercise – By exercising regularly, you are improving your cardiovascular health and might help prevent AMD.
  4. Blood Pressure – Try to maintain and monitor your blood pressure, as well as any other medical conditions you may have
  5.  Eye Protection – Ensure you keep your eyes safe by wearing sunglasses or hats whenever you are outdoors.
  6. Eye Exams – Regular eye exams and catch early signs of AMD or vision changes

That being said, we want to encourage everyone to pay mind to their eye health and schedule an appointment at Eye Center, Inc. Our Board-Certified optometrists practice a proactive and preventative approach to medicine, ensuring the best possible care for your eyes. Give us a call at (941) 756-2020 to schedule an appointment today.