Macular Degeneration Risk Factors

This week is Macular Degeneration Awareness week, so we are running a series of posts on the subject. For more information please visit http://www.mdnz.org.nz/

 

Macular Degeneration Risk Factors

Current research indicates Macular Degeneration is caused by genetic and environmental factors.

People over 50, smokers and those with a family history of Macular Degeneration are at a much higher risk of developing the disease.

Key symptoms include:

• Difficulty with reading or any other activity that requires fine vision.
• Distortion, where straight lines appear wavy or bent.
• Distinguishing faces are difficult.
• Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision.

If you experience any of these symptoms contact either us immediately on 07 847 3195, or your eyecare professional.

Eye health checklist

• Have your eyes tested, and make sure the macula is also checked.
• Avoid smoking
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle, controlling your weight and exercising regularly
• Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Limit your fat intake, eat fish 2-3 times a week, eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits daily and a handful of nuts.
• After talking to your optometrist, consider a zinc and antioxidant supplement (including lutein and zeaxanthan).
• Protect your eyes from sunlight exposure.

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