Monthly Archives: February 2014

Senior woman exercising on treadmillExercise is good for you as a whole, keeping muscles tones and blood flowing.  According to the Center for Disease Control over 1.8 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from Macular Degeneration.  The good news is many baby boomers lead active lifestyles and that, combined with a healthy diet can help to improve overall eye health.

New research shows that exercise may have a protective effect against blindness related to retinal degeneration and disease, providing a possible strategy to delay conditions like age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Machelle Pardue, a researcher at the Atlanta VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation and senior author of the new study, indicates “This is the first report of simple exercise having a direct effect on retinal health and vision. This research may one day lead to tailored exercise regimens or combination therapies in treatments of blinding diseases.”

This video by Amerra Medical explains in detail the two types of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozZQIZ_52YY

These two forms – wet and dry can exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Wet AMD – lines appear crooked and you may begin to experience a small blind spot in your central vision.
  • Dry AMD – a common early sign is blurred vision that may decrease in brighter light. Patients with this form of macular degeneration may also experience a blind spot in the middle of their field of vision.

The best course of action for AMD is to have regular eye exams.  While there is no cure for AMD, detection and early intervention is key.  Exercise and healthy habits can lead to a better quality of life as you age.

About the author:  John D.  Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify.  The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.

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