Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD or ARMD) is the leading cause of low vision and blindness in Americans. It’s a disease that progresses without any known cure. The cells in the macula (or central vision) start to die and it causes blind spots in the center of your vision. It also causes straight lines to appear wavy.
Risk factors for AMD include the same risk factors for cardiovascular disease:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Other risk factors that you cannot control include:
- Family history
Even though there is no actual treatment or cure for the disease, things you can do to prevent or slow the progression include:
- Eating leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, collard greens)
- high in omega-3 fatty acids
- a healthy weight by including exercise in your daily routine
- Take vitamin supplements such as AREDS 2 as directed by your eye doctor
If you are diagnosed with AMD, there are ways of living with this sight loss. Your peripheral vision will help you get around on your own in certain circumstances. There are also other devices and techniques for watching TV and reading a book. Using a lighted stand magnifier or using a solid piece of paper to help keep your spot when reading may help. You could also come in for a low vision exam to find what may work best for you.
If you are concerned about Age Related Macular Degeneration, please schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to learn more.