Reducing Your Risk of Progression

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AMD, here are some things you can start doing today to help reduce your risk of progression. Talk to your doctor about creating your own plan.

Action Plan:

Steps to help reduce risk of progression*:

If you smoke, quit. – Smoking can harm your eyes, just like it can harm your body. Cigarette smoke may damage the retina and can reduce blood flow in eye tissue, potentially leading to AMD and increasing the risk of progression.

See your eye care professional regularly – Changes in eye health may occur without notice. Only a qualified eye care professional can detect these changes so it is important to keep all of your scheduled eye appointments. Early detection increases the treatment options available to you.

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Eat healthy – A high fat diet can lead to fatty plaque deposits in the eye, increasing the risk of AMD. Eat a balanced diet rich with fruits, green leafy vegetables, and healthy fats, such as eggs, nuts or olive oil.

Control your weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure – Obesity, high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure may contribute to the development of advanced AMD.

Protect your eyes when outside – Overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can speed up progression of AMD. Consider wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.

Self-monitor your vision – In between regular visits with your eye care professional, you can monitor your vision at home using an Amsler Grid. Contact your eye care professional if you notice any changes in your vision.

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Consider taking an AREDS formula eye vitamin like PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula. It’s the eye vitamin that contains the exact nutrient formula recommended by the experts at the National Eye Institute based on the 2013 AREDS2 study.  Talk to your doctor to make sure they’re right for you.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.