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As the average population begins to age, baby boomers bring attention to age-related diseases and how to prevent them. Eye sight is one of the 5 senses (some say vision is the most important!) and one many take for granted – until you start to lose your vision!  Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in individuals over 65 years of age in developed nations.

If you’re over 60 years old, then it’s time to start looking for some anti-aging tips to help fight off eye disease and save your vision.

Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that occurs when there are changes to the macula, which is a small portion of the retina in the inside of the back layer of the eye.  With AMD, you lose central vision and only the periphery line of site is visible. The symptoms of AMD commonly include:

  • Gradual loss of the ability to see objects clearly
  • Distorted vision
  • Gradual loss of color vision
  • Dark area around the centre of your vision

AMD is categorized into 2 types.

  1. Dry – which develops slowly and noticeable
  2. Wet – which occurs quickly and may lead to a loss of central vision in both eyes

Unfortunately, central vision lost because of AMD may not be corrected. Thankfully, there are low vision aids that can enhance current vision.

To prevent age-related macular degeneration and maintain healthy vision, here are some anti-aging tips that will help to slow the progression of many eye diseases and eye problems.

Consistent Eye Exams

As part of your anti-aging vision routine, visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist regularly. Consistent visits will help to determine if you’re at risk of developing AMD. If you experience AMD symptoms above, please contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately.  If you have already been diagnosed with AMD, your eye doctor can suggest anti-aging tips that will help to slow the progression of the eye disease. We also have a Home Cures That Work issue devoted to treating eye disorders naturally that offers valuable advice on nutrition, exercises and supplements for AMD.

Quit Smoking

One of the most common anti-aging tips is to stop smoking because smoking reduces blood circulation to the eyes. If you smoke, you are twice as likely to develop AMD compared to non-smokers. Quit smoking while you are ahead because the risk of developing AMD lasts for multiple years after quitting smoking.

Nutrition Changes

Making changes to your diet is a simple anti-aging step that can be taken to prevent and slow the progression of AMD. To reduce the risk of developing AMD, consume a diet high in the following nutrients:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin D

Inheriting a predisposition to for age-related macular degeneration is a reality.  Therefore, it is even more important to follow this anti-aging and prevention diet.

  • Eat a diet that is full of dark, leafy green vegetables (such as spinach).
  • Add nuts as well as plenty of fruits to your diet – studies show these slow the progression

    of AMD.

  • Consume fish to add vital omega-3 fatty acids, also helpful in preventing AMD.
  • Try to limit harmful fats in your diet, especially saturated fat. Cholesterol and saturated fat increases the likelihood of developing AMD and progressing further degeneration.
  • Supplement your diet with antioxidants and zinc may be another helpful anti-aging tip.  (Check with your doctor for any side-effects.)

By consuming a diet rich in vitamins, you can chart AMD off your course and prevent vision loss. These anti-aging tips can bring life-long health and disease protection for your eyes. Don’t take your eye sight for granted.  Take proactive steps to prevent future eye problems.

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