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End Stage MDTri-State Low Vision, a division of Bissell Eye Care specializes in treating individuals with low vision.  Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, you can take steps that may help you avoid the disease.  Overall good health and following these guidelines set forth by the Mayo Clinic will put you on a path to better eye health.

The Mayo Clinic recommends the following measures may help you avoid macular degeneration:

  • Have routine eye exams. Ask your eye doctor how often you should undergo routine eye exams. A dilated eye exam can identify macular degeneration.
  • Manage your other diseases. For example, if you have cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, take your medication and follow your doctor’s instructions for controlling the condition.
  • Stop smoking. Smokers are more likely to develop macular degeneration than are nonsmokers. Ask your doctor for help to stop smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. If you need to lose weight, reduce the number of calories you eat and increase the amount of exercise you get each day. Maintain a healthy weight by exercising regularly.
  • Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Choose a healthy diet that’s full of a variety of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. These foods contain antioxidant vitamins that may reduce your risk of developing dry macular degeneration. Eating kale, spinach, broccoli, peas and other vegetables, which have high levels of antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, may also reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
  • Include fish in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, may reduce the risk of dry macular degeneration. Nuts, such as walnuts, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Macular Degeneration can occur early and be very mild, or it can be more severe, or anything in between. We all need to know much more specifics about our particular type of Macular Degeneration.

Some types of Macular Degeneration may also be an indicator of better or worse things to come. That is, the more specific the description of what type of degeneration is seen, the better predictors of the prognosis for the future. Also, when analyzed with known risk factors like smoking, high blood pressure, and high fat diet, an even BETTER predictor can be made for your situation.

Smoking, by the way, is shown to be a risk factor in both the dry form and the wet form, and is dose dependent – the more one smokes, the higher the risk!!  Prevention and taking charge of your overall health is key in helping to avoid eye disease for years to come.

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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