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Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Prevention

You can't prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). But there are some steps you can take that may lower your risk of getting it.

  • Have regular eye exams. Eye exams may help you find out if you are at risk for AMD or, if you have AMD, may detect it early. Early detection can sometimes delay loss of vision.
  • Don't smoke. People who smoke may be twice as likely to develop AMD than those who don't smoke.1 Even after you stop smoking, this increased risk may persist for many years.
  • Get regular exercise, and stay at a healthy weight. These choices may lower your risk of getting AMD.3

People who have an increased risk for AMD should use the Amsler grid camera.gif. Your doctor can give you one to use at home.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    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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