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tips for AMD patients

Tips for AMD patients

 

If you’ve been diagnosed with AMD, making a few simple lifestyle changes could have a positive impact on the health of your retina.

   

•   Monitor your vision daily with an Amsler grid.  By checking      

your vision regularly, changes that may require treatment can be detected early.  

 

•   Take a multi-vitamin with zinc. (Check with your Optometrist for a recommendation).  Antioxidants, along with zinc and lutein are essential nutrients, all found in the retina.  It is believed that people with AMD may be deficient in these nutrients.  

 

•   Incorporate dark leafy green vegetables into your diet.  These include spinach, collard greens, kale and turnip greens.  

 

•   Always protect your eyes with sunglasses that have UV protection.  Ultraviolet rays are believed to cause damage to the pigment cells in the retina.  

 

•   Quit smoking.  Smoking impairs the body’s circulation, decreasing the efficiency of the retinal blood vessels.

 

•   Exercise regularly.  Cardiovascular exercise improves the body’s overall health and increases the efficiency of the circulatory system.  

 

 

Useful Links

 

www.maculardisease.org

 

www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/27000750/#related_eq

 

www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/PublicWebsite/public_rnib003635.hcsp

 

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