What is Age Related Macular Degeneration?

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration?February is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) awareness month. 

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What is age related macular degeneration?
Age related macular degeneration or AMD is a leading cause of blindness. It’s a painless and usually progressive condition of the retina, which is the inner layer of the eye. There is no treatment for the most common (dry) form. Early signs are easy to miss, so regular examinations are vital. We will examine your eyes for AMD by using a microscope, a retinal camera and an ocular coherence tomographer (OCT) to view, take photographs and scan the back of your eye.

Who is at risk for AMD?
Risk is higher if you are female, over 40 or if there is a history of AMD in your family. AMD is irreversible so if any of these apply to you, please call 034 312 4602 for a consultation.
RegardsDavida van der Merwe

Can we prevent AMD?

Reduce your risk of developing AMD by making these healthy choices:Stop smoking.
Smokers have a 4 times higher risk than non-smokers to get AMD. Even past smokers have double the risk, improving over time.Healthy diet.
Eat dark green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli, even better if they’re raw. Colourful fruits and vegetables are rich in carotenoids, which help to maintain the pigment in the macula. Limit your intake of refined carbohydrates.Supplements.
Ask your optometrist about AMD-specific multivitamins and minerals. Extensive research has identified the best antioxidant combination for those at risk for AMD. Vitamins A, C and E, zinc and selenium, and lutein and zeaxanthin should all be included, in the correct dose. Check which option is best for you before you start taking any supplements.Exercise.
Older adults who lead an active lifestyle are 70{da9b8e2febe438ab8d65e5bfed4ed55b3a6f38bd2d2281fa9c1405a8cec522db} less likely to get AMD.

Try this macula-friendly
salad recipe. 

Break or cut a head of broccoli into small florets.
Cover in a dressing made up of equal quantities of mayonnaise and low fat yoghurt.
Just before serving, sprinkle over: 
1 c Cranberries
1 c Crispy bacon bits (so the men in your house will eat it)
1/2 c Toasted slivered almonds
The broccoli is raw, so it’s a great source of fibre and it’s packed with vitamins A and C. There’s fibre in the almonds too, as well as vitamin E, magnesium and a few healthy types of fat. The yoghurt delivers potassium, protein and calcium and the cranberries are a fantastic source of vitamin C.

Did you know?
‘Macula’ is the Latin word for a spot or a stain. The macula in the eye is seen as a slightly darker area of the retina. During your examination, we will point it out to you on your photographs and scans. 

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