Age-related Macular Degeneration: Eye Care Without Compromise

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.

Nutri­tion­al Sup­ple­ments for AMD

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.

More Information about Age-related Macular Degeneration

What is Age-relat­ed Mac­u­lar Degen­er­a­tion (AMD)?

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). 

Signs and Symp­toms of Age-relat­ed Mac­u­lar Degen­er­a­tion (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. 

How to Man­age Age-relat­ed Mac­u­lar Degen­er­a­tion (AMD)

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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