February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness month

February is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) awareness month. Seniors are at heightened risk for AMD, which is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. AMD is a disease of the macula, an area of the retina at the back of the eye that is responsible for fine detail vision. Here are some tips to lower your risk of losing vision due to AMD. Vision loss usually occurs gradually and typically affects both eyes at different rates. Even with a loss of central vision, however, color vision and peripheral vision may remain clear. The disease limits a person’s ability to read and recognize faces. Approximately 2.1 million Americans have AMD but that number is expected to double by the year 2050. 
Our friends at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, have a list of steps you can take in order to take better care of your eyes and protect your eyes from AMD-related blindness. 
1). Get regular comprehensive medical eye exams: In its early stages, macular degeneration may cause little or no noticeable change in vision. A person who has it may begin to notice difficulty when reading without extra light or magnification, seeing objects as distorted or blurred, or not being able to see details. They may also have the perception that objects “jump” when looking right at them. It is imperative to get regular comprehensive eye exams from your ophthalmologist as it is critical to diagnosing and treating AMD in its early stages. People over age 65 should get an exam every one to two years, even if they have no signs or symptoms of eye problems. You can make your appointment with us at the Taustine Eye Center now at 502-458-9004. 
2). Quit Smoking: If you smoke, you are twice as likely to develop macular degeneration compared with a nonsmoker.
3). Know your family’s eye health history: If you have a close relative with AMD, you have a 50 percent chance of developing AMD. Before your next eye exam, talk to your family about their eye health history. 
4). Eat a diet rich in omega-3s and low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Fish is an excellent choice.
5). Exercise regularly: We all know that exercise benefits our heart. But studies also show that regular exercise has a number of benefits for your eyes. 
Rather than being a practice of general ophthalmologists, each doctor at the Taustine Eye Center has an area of specialization. These specializations ensure that our patients receive the most up-to-date treatments from highly experienced and knowledgeable doctors. Please give us a call to learn more and schedule an appointment: 502-458-9004.

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