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
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. Your doctor can give you one to use at home.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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