Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the Western world and affects 15 million Americans. 1 in 5 people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with this disease. Since it effects the area in the back of the eye which processes your central vision, the impact can be devastating. Tasks we take for granted like driving or seeing faces are compromised and negatively effects the person's quality of life.
But there are things that can be done to lower your risk factors. The key is to get regular eye exams, even if your exam is normal. Risk factors include:
- Family history of AMD
- Race: caucasians are at a higher risk
- Sex: females are at a higher risk
- light colored eyes
- heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
- high sun exposure
- poor diet
Start by knowing your risk factors and lowering the ones you can control like quit smoking and wearing sunglasses. Then commit to getting regular eye exams. Give us a call to schedule your next exam.