Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. There are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of AMD, but if left untreated, it may gradually result in blurred or loss 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.
Reduce your risk and protect your eyes from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) by following these four tips:
- Maintain a normal blood pressure and cholesterol
- Make sure to exercise regularly
- Avoid smoking
- Start each day with a healthy diet composed of fish, vegetables, and leafy greens.
Visual symptoms of AMD may not appear until late in the disease, so it is important for all adults over the age of 50 receive annual dilated eye exams to screen for “age spots” known as drusen in the macula, which is the central portion of the retina.