When a person grows older, some of the body’s functions tend to decline. Of course, the eyes are no exception to this. There are plenty of factors and conditions that contribute to the decline of the eyes, and eventually, vision.
One such condition is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD happens when the macula is damaged. As a result, a person may not see clearly and in sharp detail, even when the object is in front of them.
Being a home health care provider, we have ample experience caring for people with AMD. As such, we have several suggestions you can do to lower your risk.
Here are some of them:
- Stop smoking.
The risk of developing AMD is at least twice for smokers than for non-smokers.
- Take supplements.
The age-related eye disease study (AREDS2) found that taking the AREDS2 formula can decrease the risk of progression by 25 percent. The ingredients of AREDS2 include lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins C and E, copper oxide, and zinc oxide. Talk with your ophthalmologist first, though.
- Eat eye-healthy foods.
People who eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, and fatty fish have a lower risk of AMD. Additionally, corn, kale, broccoli, spinach, kale, grapes, squash, and others, may contain either lutein or zeaxanthin, both of which are good for eye health. If you need assistance with preparing healthy meals, a home health aide in Miami Gardens, Florida, can help you.
- Get eye exams.
The eyes, like other parts of the body, need to be regularly checked for changes. Additionally, being diagnosed early means getting treatment, which can help with the progression.