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How To Prevent Macular Degeneration

By Edited Dec 11, 2013 4 6

Macular Degeneration affects your vision in the center of your eye. The part of your retina that is affected is called the macula. People who develop this eye condition have difficulty seeing directly to the front. Macular Degeneration can cause blurry vision and blind spots. People who suffer from Macular degeneration have difficulty reading, driving and being able to see smaller, detailed pictures and even recognizing people. There are some things you can do to help prevent Macular Degeneration.

Use vitamins for Macular Degeneration. Taking antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene and Zinc will help to protect your eyes from free radicals in the environment. Use only as directed, do not take more than the recommended daily doses. Higher than prescribed or directed levels can be toxic.

Add Bilberry to your supplement intake. Studies have shown Bilberry improves circulation to the eye especially the retina and macula. Bilberry is in the same family as Blueberries, avoid if you are allergic. Bilberry is available at health food stores, natural pharmacies and online.

Increase your Lutien and zeaxanthin consumption. Lutien and zeaxanthin can be naturally found in foods such as spinach, kale and other leafy, dark green vegetables along with egg yolks. Lutien is also available in pill or capsule form.

Stop smoking. Smoking restricts oxygen levels to your organs including your eyes. A restricted amount of oxygen will have an impact on your eyesight by restricting oxygen to your retina thereby to the macula.

Lower your caffeine intake. Substitute caffeine free beverages.

Protect your eyes from the sun. Always wear sunglasses to minimize the harmful effects of sunlight on your eyes.

Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all.

Eat a well balanced diet. It is important to keep cholesterol levels down to help avoid this eye disease. There is a possible link between high cholesterol and Macular Degeneration. Include fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to lower your risk along with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Exercise to help to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight significantly increases your chances of developing degeneration of the macula.

Keep your blood pressure normal and in check. High blood pressure can cause undue pressure on your retina.

If you have a family history of Macular Degeneration get yearly eye exams.

See your doctor for Macular Generation treatment.

Ask your doctor about adding vitamins and supplements to your diet before taking them.



Feb 18, 2010 9:06pm
Excellent information as always!
Feb 19, 2010 12:14am
Very informative, I have learnt something new thanks for that.
Feb 19, 2010 6:13am
Great information on preventing macular degeneration.
Feb 21, 2010 2:16am
Well done macular degeneration article and information.
Feb 23, 2010 5:33pm
My 90 year old auntie has this condition. Is there anything that can be done to reverse it? We've been to a specialist and not much hope there. Enjoyed reading the article and learned a few new things. Thanks.
Feb 23, 2010 6:09pm
Unfortunately, no there is really nothing that can reverse it although some doctors claim supplements can undo the damage, nothing has been proven. As with many diseases and conditions, prevention is best.
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