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How can I prevent age-related macular degeneration?

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Stop smoking, eat a balanced diet that includes leafy green vegetables, and protect your eyes with sunglasses that block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Supplements with antioxidants plus zinc may lower your odds of getting age-related macular degeneration, according to the Age-Related Eye Disease Study. Check your sight every day by looking at an Amsler grid -- a pattern of straight lines that's like a checkerboard. It can help you spot changes in your vision. If you're over 65, your vision exams should include testing for the disease.  The earlier you get a diagnosis of AMD, the greater the chance that treatment will help.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

James, B.  , Blackwell Publishing, 2003; pp 116-119. Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

National Institutes of Health: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

James, B.  , Blackwell Publishing, 2003; pp 116-119. Lecture Notes on Ophthalmology

Macular Degeneration Partnership.

National Institutes of Health: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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