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February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

  • by: Adelaide City Optometrist
  • February 14, 2023

There is evidence that Age-Related Macular Degeneration occurs in 1 out of 7 Australian’s over the age of 50. If you have family history of AMD, there is a chance that it will affect you by a certain age. It is important to have regular eye tests to monitor the condition. AMD Awareness month is a great way to learn more abut the disease, how to manage it and remember that eye health is just as important as your overall general health.



How Can AMD Be Identified?

If you find that you have blind spots in your central vision and are experiencing blurred vision, these are signs that you may have AMD. Usually, an optometrist will test for Macular Degeneration by using dilating drops in the eyes, which widens the pupils so it is easier to check your eyes for any problems. The eye doctor would be looking for any fluid or blood that form under the retina, called drusen. This would confirm whether or not you have a form of macular degeneration.


How Can you Manage AMD?

Macular Degeneration is a progressive disease, which means over time, further vision loss is inevitable.

A healthy diet is recommended to maintain your eye health as it may slow down the progression of AMD. Eating foods such as fish and omega rich foods including green leafy vegetables.

Switching your daily lifestyle habits can also have an effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which may mean to de-stress and less intake of alcohol and foods that increase blood pressure and cholesterol.

Also, having regular eye tests with your optometrist to ensure your eyes stay healthy and there isn’t a dramatic change with your macula.


How Can you Treat AMD?

Macutec tablets are a great way to get a daily dose of vitamins and nutrients specifically formulated to help slow down the progression of macular degeneration. For further information on AMD, visit the Macular Disease Foundation website.


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