Think again … More than 1.1 million Americans are legally blind and an additional 50,000 people lose their sight each year, so chances are pretty good you will know someone in your lifetime who has experienced or is experiencing vision loss.
The leading cause of vision loss in those 50 and older is what’s called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic eye disorder that causes blurred vision or a blind spot in your visual field. Although there is no cure of AMD, research tells us diet and nutrition can promote good eye health and keep you on a path to seeing better as you age.
What are some things you can do now to help keep your eyes healthy as you age?
Check Your Peepers
Make routine eye exams a priority. An exam can catch early signs of macular degeneration.
What’s Up Doc?
If you notice any changes in your central vision or your ability to see colors and fine details, make an appointment with your doctor to get a complete physical exam.
Eat the Rainbow
Choose lots of colorful fruits and veggies as part of your regular diet. They contain antioxidants that reduce your risk of AMD.
Kick the Habit
Smokers are more likely to develop AMD than non-smokers. If you need help stopping, talk to your doctor.
Watch Your LBs
Maintaining a health weight and exercising regularly can help prevent vision loss as you age. Really!
But it’s not – the omega-3 fatty acids in fish may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Eat more fish!