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
- 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
People with AMD should check the vision in both eyes using an
Amsler grid 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.
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.
- Vision Problems: Living With Poor Eyesight