Macular Degeneration Prevention
Since doctors aren't sure of the exact causes of macular degeneration, there's no definitive recipe for macular degeneration prevention. Certain key Risk factors have been identified, but some, like aging, gender and race, cannot be prevented.
Some of the risk factors that can be addressed:
- Leading a healthy lifestyle may keep age-related macular degeneration at bay. What you eat affects your macula. Researchers think that antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E), zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin and essential fatty acids all can aid in preventing macular degeneration.
- Exercise can be beneficial, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.
- Ultraviolet light may factor into the macular degeneration problem, so experts recommend wearing sunglasses when appropriate to help prevent macular degeneration.
- Don't smoke.
- Regular eye exams are recommended annually after the age of 60.
While AMD cannot be definitively prevented or cured, it can be treated. Read about macular degeneration treatments.
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For in-depth information on macular degeneration, please visit the Consumer Guide to Macular Degeneration.