Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of irreversible blindness in the world. According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, an estimated 11 million Americans suffer from some form of macular degeneration. While there is unfortunately no cure for AMD, there are many different things you can do to decrease your chances of developing this common eye disease.
If your family has a history of AMD, it is important you do everything you can to prevent it. Be extra diligent about taking steps to prevent macular degeneration starting at an early age. A family history of AMD is one of the highest risk factors for the disease, so talk to your family and if AMD is common, start taking your vitamins, wearing sunglasses, and being proactive about your vision health.
Not only is there no cure for AMD, but there are hardly any warning signs. People who have age-related AMD often do not notice any changes in vision or their overall health until it’s too late. For some, AMD starts with slightly blurred vision, whereas many have a hard time seeing certain colors all of a sudden or notice zig zag-ing in their vision. To protect yourself from this debilitating disease, one of the first things you should do is take your vitamins. Yep, vitamins can prevent AMD.
Vitamins and AMD
Vitamins are more popular than ever for good reason. While maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet can give you all the vitamins you need, this isn’t necessarily realistic. If you are at risk of certain conditions and illnesses – such as AMD – taking additional vitamins to support your system and help your body fight off attackers is critical. Here is a list of the preventive vitamins you can take for macular degeneration:
- Vitamin C (500 mg)
- Vitamin E (400 IU)
- Lutein (10 mg)
- Zeaxanthin (2 mg)
- Zinc (80 mg)
- Copper (2 mg)
As with anything, we highly encourage you to come into our McKinney vision center if you have questions about taking vitamins as a way to decrease your risk of macular degeneration. It is important to keep in mind that these vitamins will not completely diminish your chances of developing AMD. However, they will do a great deal to support your eye health and entire body.
If you have questions about the above vitamins or about macular degeneration in general, please do not hesitate to contact First Eye Care McKinney. Another key to preventing AMD is coming in to our McKinney vision center for a comprehensive eye exam at least twice a year. While the warning signs of AMD are few and far between, we will be able to take note of any changes to your vision or your eye structure, which could help us stop the degenerative eye condition before it’s too late. We would be happy to double check whether or not you are showing any signs of macular degeneration, so please do not hesitate to give us a call today and schedule an appointment.