If you’ve noticed the quality of your vision decreasing or find colours are becoming less vibrant, visit an eye expert who will be able to check for signs of AMD. In the meantime, there are some common signs and symptoms to look out for.
Eating a diet that is rich in Omega — 3 fatty acids may help protect against the development of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This can be obtained from the diet by eating oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. You can also support your intake with specially formulated supplements.
AMD is a degeneration of the central portion of the retina, called the macula, that occurs in older age. It usually affects people over the age of 60 and is caused either by abnormal blood vessels growing into the macula (wet AMD) or by the retinal cells naturally starting to die off and not being renewed (dry AMD).
The macula is the part of the retina that we use for central vision, so people who suffer from AMD usually find that reading becomes difficult, colours become less vibrant and faces are more difficult to recognise. It can occur suddenly, but most people experience a slow change in their vision, with one eye more affected than the other.
People who smoke, have a poor diet, have Dry Eyes or have a family history of AMD are at a higher risk of developing the condition. As an age-related condition, it is difficult to prevent, but you can support your overall eye health and vision by eating a good, balanced diet, as well as taking nutritional supplements for your eyes. If you find that your vision is becoming poorer, visit your optometrist, who can easily check for signs of AMD.
Dietary supplements are not a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet. People who are taking any medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding should always seek professional advice before taking any dietary supplements.
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