What is Macular Degeneration? It is a chronic eye disease that most people associate with age. The Macula is tissue that is in the back of your eyeball and if you wind up with this disease, it will slowly start to deteriorate affecting our central vision.
The disease won’t make you completely blind, but you will more than likely go through many lifestyle changes. A blind spot in your eye may prevent you from driving a car and you may have to have some other way to get you from place to place. Perhaps, you may have to use a taxi or a bus to get around.
Age is really the main factor that causes macular degeneration. They claim smokers, alcoholics, obese persons and a family history are all risk factors too. High blood pressure, race and a lack of greens in your diet can also be a cause but mostly age.
The good news is there are lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent macular degeneration.
- Regular eye screenings and exams. Every two to four years after age 40 and every year after 60 is a must to combat this disease.
- Your Diet needs antioxidants like vegetables and foods rich in Vitamin A, C and E. Leafy green veggies are the most influential.
- Foods like corn, spinach, egg yolk, fish, nuts that contain omega-3 and any foods containing lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Screen regular for cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. If you have any of these and take meds for them, make sure you take them on a consistent basis.
- Live a healthy lifestyle and stop bad habits like smoking and over indulging in alcohol.
Don’t let macular degeneration destroy your lifestyle. Just live a healthy life and you can keep these things at bay for as long as possible.
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