wet macular degeneration

Wet macular degeneration is a rare form of age related macular degeneration that occurs when the blood vessels behind your retina grow and leak causing vision loss that can increase rapidly. If you are showing symptoms of any type of vision loss, even minor, you should talk to your physician immediately and get tested for age related macular degeneration.

You could be at risk for wet macular degeneration due to age, genetic factors, excess weight, hypertension, high cholesterol levels and smoking habits. Factors such as obesity, cholesterol levels, smoking habits and hypertension can be controlled.

You can change your lifestyle to prevent or slow down the development of age related macular degeneration.

Sign up for a gym membership and schedule exercise into your routine at least three times a week for 30 minutes to an hour. If going to the gym is too big of a step for you to take, then start out with taking a walk every morning. Even adding 10 minutes of activity in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening can make a significant difference in your health.

Switch from junk foods and soda to a healthy diet with lean proteins such as baked, skinless chicken, steamed vegetables and complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread.

If you are a smoker, choose a method to stop smoking and set a goal for yourself to decrease and then eliminate smoking completely.

Talk to your doctor about taking medication for hypertension if you are having trouble with it.

Treatment of wet macular degeneration can be a combination of taking medication, going through specific procedures such as laser surgery and therapies such as photodynamic therapy that can seal the leaking blood vessels. These treatments may slow down the progression of wet macular degeneration but will not cure it. It is important for you to keep regular appointments with your ophthalmologist so that you can continually monitor your condition if you are diagnosed with wet macular degeneration.