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Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Home Treatment

Although there's no treatment that can cure age-related macular degeneration (AMD), there are steps you can take that may keep it from getting worse. These steps may help prevent wet AMD if you already have the dry form:

  • Eat healthy and include lots of dark green, leafy vegetables (such as spinach). Your doctor may also suggest antioxidant vitamins. In people who already have moderate AMD, certain vitamins have been shown to help delay the onset of advanced AMD and/or help prevent further vision loss.1 Check with your doctor before taking any supplements. Some can have harmful side effects, especially in high doses.
  • Eat fish. Eating fish, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, may lower your chances of getting wet AMD.1
  • Limit harmful fats. Too much saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet may increase your risk that AMD will get worse.1

Amsler grid

People with AMD should check the vision in both eyes using an Amsler grid camera.gif every day or as often as the doctor recommends. If any of the lines on the grid change or begin to appear wavy and curved, or if you notice that your vision is getting worse, call your doctor.

Living with reduced vision

Reduced vision or vision loss from AMD can affect your life in many ways. How much it will affect you depends on your lifestyle and on how bad your vision loss is. Work with your doctor to find ways to make the best use of your remaining vision. There are things that you can do to adjust and to keep your quality of life as much as possible.

It is normal to feel unhappy about your loss of vision. But if your feelings of sadness are severe or do not improve, you may develop depression, which requires treatment. If you need help in dealing with your feelings about AMD, talk to your doctor and to your family and friends. Your doctor can also refer you to a counselor who specializes in helping people adjust to living with limited vision.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 12, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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