What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) & how do you prevent it?

Age related macular degeneration, AMD, eye care

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) & how do you prevent it?

February is (finally!) here, and with it comes AMD Awareness Month. For those over 50, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) stands as one of the most common issues with your vision. So, how do you prevent it?


While AMD doesn't typically lead to complete blindness, it does affect central vision in both eyes, making simple tasks like reading and recognising faces a real challenge.

But fear not, because there's a silver lining. Research indicates that lifestyle choices can put the brakes on macular degeneration and even prevent it in those with uncontrollable risk factors. So, whether you've got a family history of AMD or tick off other high-risk boxes, it's time to take the reins of your eye health.

So, what's the game plan against AMD?

  1. Stay Ahead with Regular Eye Tests

    Your eyes are your window to the world, and keeping them in top shape is key to enjoying life to the fullest. That's why getting regular eye exams should be as routine as your annual flu jab. Think of it as your proactive approach to eye health. By sharing your family history and sticking to those regular check-ups, you're not just keeping an eye out for any potential issues – you're catching them early, when treatments pack the most punch. Stay ahead of the game with regular eye tests, because when it comes to your vision, early detection is your best friend.
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  2. Kick the Habit
    Smoking is a major player in the AMD game. Recent studies suggest it can increase your chances of developing AMD up to 5 times, and if you're genetically predisposed to AMD, that risk skyrockets by 200 fold. How? Well, it messes with your blood circulation and disrupts the absorption of lutein, a key antioxidant that is crucial for retina protection. Plus, it's no friend to your circulatory system, which needs to be in top shape for healthy eyes.

  3. Chow Down on the Good Stuff
    Antioxidants are your pals in the fight against AMD, and they're plentiful in dark, leafy greens and a rainbow of fruits and veggies. Fish lovers rejoice, as Omega-3, found in abundance in fish, is a must-have for eye health. Say no to saturated fats, processed foods, and anything that messes with your blood circulation and cholesterol levels. Oh, and if you're diabetic, a chat with your GP about supplements might be in order.

  4. Shade Those Peepers
    UV rays and blue light are no friends to your retina, and a damaged retina spells trouble for AMD risk. So, when you step out, slap on some shades with wrap-around frames for maximum protection. Don't forget to consult your optometrist for the perfect tint.

So, there you have it! AMD may be something to battle with for many over 50, but with a healthy lifestyle, it's a battle you can improve your chances of winning. Keep active, keep those numbers in check, and load up on fruits and veggies. Your future self will thank you when you're still enjoying the view 30 years down the road. Need more info? Pop into your local Eye Emporium store and our team of expert optometrists will be happy to chat some more. 

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