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Consider a supplement. People with moderate AMD showed a 25% lower risk of vision loss when they took a formula of certain antioxidants and zinc, according to a 10-year clinical trial by the NEI. Talk to your doctor about the AREDS formula (from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study) to see if it might be right for you.

Get moving. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week, but simply walking more may help, says Kleinman. Though researchers haven't proven exercise can slow AMD, it "helps maintain blood pressure, and keeps the blood vessels open and working," he explains. That means exercise may be as beneficial for eye health as it is for the rest of the body.

Wear a hat. Although studies haven't proven a cause-and-effect relationship between sunlight exposure and AMD, research suggests that protecting your eyes may be beneficial. "I recommend wearing a hat and sunglasses when outside on sunny days," says Kleinman.

Stay positive. People rarely go completely blind with AMD, he says. If your vision is deteriorating, a service that assists people with visual impairment can help with magnifiers or electronic readers, he says.

DYK: An estimated 10 million Americans have or are at risk for AMD, the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 55, according to the Foundation Fighting Blindness

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Reviewed on April 15, 2013

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