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Age Related Macular Degeneration

The most common cause of vision loss after the age of 50 is a condition known as Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This condition causes damage to the part of the eye that allows us to see straight ahead, and enjoy sharp and central vision.  The loss of vision generally progresses very slowly, and can get in the way of normal day-to-day activities, such as: 

  • Reading
  • Driving
  • Cooking
  • Ability to see faces clearly
  • Engage in activities do close work

The major risk factors in developing AMD are family history and genetics and lifestyle factors.  You can lower the risk of developing AMD or delay the onset by:

  •  Eating a healthy diet rich in leafy green vegetables
  •  Exercise routinely
  • Manage and maintain cholesterol levels and normal blood pressure
  • Avoid smoking