Prevention tips for patients concerned about macular degeneration

Without a cure for conditions such as macular degeneration, it can be difficult for patients to restore their vision. However, with continued studies in vision health, we continue to learn different ways to not only protect our overall vision, but to slow or prevent the progression of macular degeneration. Below are ten tips for maintaining eye health and reducing the risk of developing macular degeneration:

  • Enjoy leafy green vegetables daily
  • Take a multivitamin supplements daily
  • Consider supplements designed for macular health
  • Eat fish or take fish oil supplements
  • Eats nuts and fruit daily
  • Exercise regularly, preferably several times a week
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Visit the doctor for routine eye examinations
  • Monitor and control blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Wear sunglasses to block UV light

By following many of these healthy lifestyle recommendations, many patients can keep conditions such as macular degeneration from occurring. Those who have already been diagnosed with the disorder will already be working with a professional to determine the steps they should be taken to slow its progression. Following the recommendations above can also improve a patient’s overall health and wellness, which is good for the mind and body!

How do I know if macular degeneration is developing?

Some cases of macular degeneration can be caught in the earlier stages during a routine eye examination with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer. Other times, patients may notice certain symptoms that are impacting their vision. Signs of macular degermation may include:

  • Distortion of straight lines
  • Inability to see in low light areas
  • Seeing spots in the field of vision
  • Partial loss of vision
  • Waviness of straight lines
  • Changes in vision clarity

If patients notice any changes in their vision that raises concern, it is always a good idea to speak to a professional and undergo an eye examination as needed with our professionals in Skokie, IL.

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