Can you recognize a myth about age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? Considering it’s a leading cause of blindness and vision loss, it’s pretty important to get the facts straight.
AMD occurs when the center portion of the retina, called the macula, becomes damaged. Both forms of AMD (wet and dry) can lead to vision loss, but wet AMD is more severe and, thankfully, less common.
Below, we’ll explore 4 common myths about AMD, and what science really has to say about the matter.
Myth #1: Macular Degeneration Has Noticeable Early Symptoms
Fact: Most people who are diagnosed with AMD don’t realize they have it. In its early stages, AMD produces only slight, sometimes imperceptible symptoms that are easy to miss.
Early symptoms of AMD include blurry central vision. It can also make straight lines appear distorted.
So, don’t skip your annual comprehensive eye exam — it’s the only sure way to detect AMD, even without any present symptoms.
Myth #2: AMD Always Leads To Total Blindness
Fact: Since AMD affects only the macula, only central vision is affected. Even people with severe vision loss due to AMD will have peripheral vision, although considered legally blind.
However, with the right treatments and lifestyle changes, people with AMD are able to somewhat control and curb the rate of vision loss, sometimes stopping its progression entirely.
Myth #3: Your Diet and Lifestyle Don’t Impact AMD
Fact: Studies have shown that people who consume a healthy diet supplemented by certain vitamins have a lower risk of developing AMD. Recommended: a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, and vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Lifestyle factors like smoking, exercise, and diet all impact eye health in various ways, making it all the more important to eat your greens, hit the gym, and kick smoking.
Myth #4: There are No Treatments for AMD
Fact: While nothing can be done to reverse AMD vision loss once it has occured, much can be done to stop AMD in its tracks — or at least slow it down.
At Eye Trends, we can assessyour eyes and recommend the best course of treatment to prolong healthy and clear vision for as long as possible.
To schedule your annual comprehensive eye exam, contact us at one of our convenient locations in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston.
At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.
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