Macular Degeneration

Examples of vision loss/changes with Macular Degeneration.

Macular Degeneration

As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration. This number is expected to double to nearly 22 million by 2050. … The risk of getting advanced age-related macular degeneration increases from 2% for those ages 50-59, to nearly 30% for those over the age of 75.

Age-related macular degeneration is an irreversible destruction of the macula, which leads to loss of the sharp, fine-detail, “straight ahead” vision required for activities like reading, driving, recognizing faces, and seeing the world in color.

A healthy lifestyle may help reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration. 1

The following lifestyle changes are recommended:

  • Quit smoking — or don’t start
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Eat healthy foods, including leafy green vegetables and fish 2
  1. “Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Facts & Figures.” BrightFocus Foundation, 30 Oct. 2019, brightfocus.org/macular/article/age-related-macular-facts-figures.
  2. “Age-Related Macular Degeneration.” National Eye Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/age-related-macular-degeneration.

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