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While there is no cure for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of progression.
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Monitor your vision weekly.
Use an Amsler grid, a tool that helps you monitor subtle changes in your central vision. Some forms of AMD can progress very quickly. Monitoring your vision weekly can help you notice any changes. If you do notice changes, talk to your eye doctor immediately.
Keep your eye doctor appointments.
Experts recommend a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year for everyone. Some changes in vision may be best detected by an eye care professional, so it’s important to keep your eye appointments, as directed.
- Consider bringing a list of questions to ask your doctor.
If you smoke, quit.
We know it’s not easy. But quitting smoking may be the most important thing you can do to help reduce your risk of AMD progression. Consider creating a plan to stop smoking that is tailored specifically to your needs and habits. For help creating a plan, visit smokershelpline.ca an online resource that helps you or someone you know quit smoking.
Consider taking an eye vitamin & mineral supplement, such as PreserVision® AREDS 2 Formula.
The PreserVision® AREDS2 Formula contains the exact levels of all six clinically proven nutrients recommended by the National Eye Institute (NEI). To learn more about the NEI’s 5-year age-related eye disease study (AREDS2) and its clinical results, click here. Consult your doctor about which formula is right for you. Please read and follow all information and instructions for use on product labeling.
Read vitamin labels carefully.
Ensure you are taking an AREDS2 formula as recommended by the National Eye Institute, based on the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) in people with moderate-to-advanced AMD. To learn more about the AREDS studies, click here. You should always talk to your doctor about which AREDS formula is right for you.
Maintain your overall health. High cholesterol and blood pressure can increase your risk of getting or progression of AMD.
- Try to exercise for 30 minutes a few times a week. Consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine
- Strive for a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark, leafy greens
- Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked
Protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Look for sunglasses with 99% to 100% UVA and UVB protection, as indicated on the label. Try to find wraparound sunglasses that block UV rays from all angles.
Consider low-vision aids.
Many people with AMD may also benefit from the help of low-vision aids, devices designed to help people with low vision function better, such as handheld magnifiers. Click here to learn more from the National Eye Institute.