Living a normal life with age-related macular degeneration is challenging. You’ll need to make some changes and adjustments to enjoy life to the fullest by limiting vision loss. Macular degeneration is a common eye disorder among people over 50. Those suffering it will experience blurred or reduced central vision due to the breaking down of the inner layers of the macula.
The first sign you will notice is a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision or that straight lines appear distorted to you. This will gradually turn into a dramatic loss of your central vision. Other symptoms include dark, blurry areas or whiteouts that appear in the center of your vision. If treatment is made early, many AMD patients will reduce the risk of significant vision loss and preserve their vision for many years. The timeline for the progression of dry AMD from the initial diagnosis to significant vision loss is usually over years or within 10 years. There are foods which will be avoided with macular degeneration like processed foods, high-fat dairy foods, fatty beef, pork and lamb, lard and vegetable shortening, and margarine. And for the supplement, Vitamins A, C, and E are the most effective vitamins for reducing the risk of macular degeneration. Remember eating healthy, getting regular exercise, and quitting smoking will greatly help.
Having a healthy lifestyle and lowering cholesterol will help lower your risk of macular degeneration and help prevent the dry form of the disease from progressing to the wet form which will cause permanent vision loss. And if left untreated, it will lead to the cause of permanent impairment of reading and fine or close-up vision among people over 65 years older.
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