Help for Your Old Eyes To Stay Young
The impact of aging on the eyes is much greater than those tiny wrinkles and laugh lines. As we age, our eye health and vision begin to deteriorate. For most of us that’s no big deal, our old eyes are just tired.
But, for many, almost 12% of the aging population of 45 years or greater, Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) could be the culprit.
I asked Dr. Mark Rosenberg, founder of the Institute for Healthy Aging, to educate us on AMD and its impact on our aging population. Here’s what he had to say:
About AMD and Your Eye Health
If your vision is beginning to blur, it may indicate that AMD has begun to impact your eye health.
This blurring results from damage to the macula, a small area at the back of the eye. The macula helps you see the fine detail in things that your eyes are focusing on. However, as AMD sets-in, it makes it more difficult to do things that require sharp central vision, like reading, driving, and recognizing faces. It does not affect side vision, so it does not lead to complete blindness.
Two Types of AMD
The dry form of AMD is the most common type, accounting for 90% of all macular degeneration cases. It develops slowly and causes central eye vision to become dimmer or more blurry over time. It usually does not cause severe vision loss unless it turns into the wet form.
The wet form is much less common, but it happens more quickly and it impacts your eye health severely. It can cause serious eye vision loss within months or even weeks. Often the first symptom of the wet form is that straight lines look wavy or curved Most people who have the wet form have the dry form first.
What Causes AMD?
The dry form is a gradual process. As your old eyes age, the cells in the macula start to get thin and break down, producing waste deposits to build up in the back of the eye. Over time, this damages the macula.
The wet form results from abnormal blood vessels that grow in the back of the eye. These break easily and leak blood and fluid under the macula. This can quickly damage the macula and distort your central vision.
Causes of AMD
Experts are still studying the impact of AMD on eye health, but they know several different things may play a part. You are more likely to have macular degeneration if:
- Your relatives have or had it
- You are hypertensive
- You have high cholesterol or consume a high amount of saturated fat
- You are white
- You smoke
Treatment of AMD
At this time, there is no medicinal cure for macular degeneration, but experts are constantly exploring new treatment. However, a consensus of the eye health community believes that a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals helps to slow down vision loss in some people with moderate to severe macular degeneration.
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