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Share Share There are things you can do to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and take charge of AMD. Research with large populations of people in countries around the world is yielding important information about why some people develop AMD and some do not. Fortunately, a whole list of these risk factors are things you can do something about. For specific suggestions, go to "What Can I Do About It?"

Among them are:

  • Smoking
  • Diet
  • High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
  • Exposure to Harmful Sunlight

Much attention is being paid to the impact various lifestyle factors may have on the development and progression of the disease. Smoking and high blood pressure are definitely contributory factors.

If you smoke, this is the time to stop. Watch your blood pressure and your diet. Nutrition appears to play a role in the health of the macula.

In addition to supplements, there are common food sources for the vitamins, minerals and other substances necessary for good retinal health. In general, the kind of low fat diet that supports cardiovascular health is one that also contributes to healthy eyes.

Finally, protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun by using a hat or visor and sunglasses.

 
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