Macular degeneration is a condition of the eyes that can result in progressively limited vision and eventually total blindness. You can take steps to prevent macular degeneration, especially if you have risk factors for the disease, or slow its progression if you already have it. Please note that even following all preventative steps and your doctor’s advice may not fully protect you from macular degeneration.
- No Smoking
- Keep a close eye on your weight and cholesterol
- Have a healthy diet
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and nuts
- Don’t forget your vitamins
- Vamp up your eyes: Wear glasses with 100% UV protection whenever you’re outdoors to protect your eyes from harmful rays. Even on overcast days, the sun’s radiation can still damage your eyes, so don’t forget those shades! (Or if you prefer, you can get a UV protective coating on your regular eyeglasses.
7. See your doctor so that you can continue to see your doctor
Make sure that you see your eye doctor every two years, or more if you are at special risk for any vision-threatening disorder. Regular eye exams are one of the best ways you can prevent sight-loss from macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
It’s important to stay up to date on eye health information, especially because some eye conditions like Glaucoma have no symptoms. As an adult, you might ask yourself, “Why get an eye exam?” Getting an annual eye exam can easily be forgotten, especially with work, family and other obligations. Make sure you set a reminder in your smartphone or pencil it in to your calendar to get a regular eye exam every year.