Reducing Your Risk for Age-related Macular Degeneration | McFarland Clinic

People do ask me what they can do to decrease
their risk factors. It’s important to come in for regular eye
exams to detect age-related macular degeneration, especially people with the dry form may not
know they have it. And yet when you look at that statistic, 10
percent of people in their 60s have some form of macular degeneration, that’s a pretty high
number. So you want to have regular eye exams if you’re
over 65 at least every one to two years. One of the things I tell them is of course
to quit smoking. Smoking actually triples your rate of macular
degeneration. Eating a healthy diet is also very important
in decreasing your risk. Eating things with a lot of natural lutein
in it like spinach and kale is very helpful. The other thing is exercising. Keeping fit, exercising three times a week
if you can. Whatever is good for those choroidal
blood vessels is going to be good for your retinal
pigment epithelium and your retina.

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