10 Ways to Help Prevent Macular Degeneration

Do you remember the old saying: “Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye?” One of the main treatment plans in wet macular degeneration is an injection into the eye to help stop bleeding and leaky vessels. To avoid this horrible image, here is a list of 11 steps you can take to prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration: 

  1. Do not smoke.
  2. Eat plenty of dark green, leafy vegetables, such as raw spinach, kale, and collard greens.
  3. Take a balanced multivitamin/multimineral supplement, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
  4. If you already have AMD, ask your doctor about one of the AREDS II formulations or other supplements specially formulated for macular health, such as MacuHealth, Eye Promise Restore,  I-Caps AREDS 2 (Alcon), PreserVision AREDS 2 (Bausch + Lomb), or Macular Protect Complete AREDS2 (Science Based Health).
  5. Eat foods with omega-3 like fish or take a quality fish oil supplement.
  6. Exercise regularly and reduce stress. Sleep seven to eight hours every night.
  7. Drink eight 8 oz glasses of fluid each day, preferably filtered water. 
  8. Severely limit your intake of refined carbohydrates (high-glycemic index foods).
  9. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control and maintain a healthy weight.
  10. Wear sunglasses outdoors to block UV and blue light that may cause eye damage.
  11. Have regular eye exams.

Macular degeneration is on the rise and has caused vision loss in over 2.7 million Americans.  I know these mean a lifestyle change, but the loss of vision ranks very high in our worse fears.