Is There a Way To Prevent Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration Macular degeneration is an eye disease that results in central vision loss due to the main section of the retina being damaged.

Though commonly associated with age, there are a variety of causes for macular degeneration. Learn what factors influence the development of this eye condition and what you can do to help slow down the onset or even prevent it.

What Causes Macular Degeneration?

The macula is the part of the retina responsible for straight-ahead vision. When it becomes damaged, you are at risk of developing visual impairments associated with macular degeneration.

Many factors can influence the development of degeneration. However, the underlying cause of macular degeneration is caused by damage to the macula due to issues with blood flow. These issues can arise due to genetics and familial conditions, smoking constricts vessels, affecting blood flow, heart disease, and age as arteries and vessels may weaken.

Can Macular Degeneration Be Prevented?

Research has indicated that there are steps you can take to prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration.

Lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking and increasing physical activity, which lead to a healthier cardiovascular system and promote proper blood flow, have decreased the possibility of developing macular degeneration.

Furthermore, certain dietary habits have shown very promising results. Ensure you are getting enough antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, minerals, such as zinc, and necessary acids, such as omega-3 fatty acids.

Preventative measures against potential damage to your eyes can also help. Harmful UV rays can further damage the retina, so wear sunglasses. UV can be present even on cloudy days.

Speak with your doctor to know how best to protect your eyes and their risk of developing macular degeneration.

What To Do About Macular Degeneration? Work With Dr. Stuart Sondheimer

Macular degeneration may take years, but some types can worsen suddenly and lead to significant degeneration in a few days. If you worry you may be at risk for macular degeneration, work with a board-certified ophthalmologist.

Serving Skokie, IL, and surrounding areas, Dr. Stuart Sondheimer has been providing exceptional eye care for decades. If you’re concerned about your eye health, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stuart Sondheimer by calling 847-677-2794.

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