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Who is at risk for AMD?

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The greatest risk factor is age. Although AMD may occur during middle age, studies show that people over age 60 are clearly at greater risk than other age groups. For instance, a large study found that people in middle-age have about a 2 percent risk of getting AMD, but this risk increased to nearly 30 percent in those over age 75.

Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking. Smoking may increase the risk of AMD.
  • Obesity. Research studies suggest a link
  between obesity and the progression of early and
  intermediate stage AMD to advanced AMD.
  • Race. Whites are much more likely to lose vision
  from AMD than African Americans.
  • Family history. Those with immediate family
  members who have AMD are at a higher risk of
  developing the disease.
  • Gender. Women appear to be at greater risk
  than men.

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Can my lifestyle make a difference?

Drivers over 55 are being given a stark warning to discuss AMD and its effects with their optician or be a potential risk to themselves and others on the road.

A survey of over-55s commissioned by the RNIB, AA and Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK shows while 52% drive everyday, 45% have never discussed if their eyesight is good enough to drive with their optometrist and 62% know ‘little or nothing’ about AMD.

The AA’s head of road safety, Andrew Howard, said: “This study reveals an alarming risk to the safety of people on the roads. It is vital that drivers over 55 years understand the symptoms of AMD, go for regular eye checks and discuss driving with their opticians.

There is also a need for the optician to be proactive during consultations, particularly as 75% of males and 36% of females over 70 now hold driving licences. More thought about eyesight and driving can make the roads safer.”

Your lifestyle can play a role in reducing your risk of developing AMD.

  • Eat a healthy diet high in green leafy vegetables
  and fish.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Maintain normal blood pressure.
  • Watch your weight.
  • Exercise.
  • Go for regular eye checks.