CROSS SECTION OF THE MACULA
I hope this never happens to you. I know 3 personal friends who have Macular Degeneration, 2 age related and 1 inherited. You just might be taking a walk one day, and then, look at a tall straight tree that has been there for all your walks, and all of a sudden you find that it is wavy instead of straight. And, most people kind of feel like “What Is This” and do not even connect it with vision. At first that is.
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Age related macular degeneration, also referred to as AMD or ARMD, is now the leading reason for vision loss and leading to legal blindness in North Americans age 65 +. The macula is a part of the retina. Here are some of the risk factors involved, and remember, always check it out with your eye specialist. Don’t fool around with this.
Macular Degeneration actually comes in two forms called wet and dry. The dry is the most common, the aging one. The “wet” form (my best friend has this one) is the one that is responsible for 90 % of the cases that cause legal blindness.
Macular Degeneration Treatment
So far there is no cure, but, you can lower the risk and even slow the progression of the dry ARMD.
1. Quit the smoking. That’s the first thing and eye doctor will tell you.
3. Control your blood pressure. Controlled blood pressure has shown to lower the risk substantially.
5. Actually, try to improve your whole lifestyle. And, lose the saturated and trans fat, and include omega 3- fatty acids in your diet,
And again, make sure you go for regular eye check ups. And, always be aware of changes in your eyes.