Macular Degeneration

February 20, 2013

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is a disorder which can negatively affect your vision. People who smoke, the aged, people with a family history of AMD, females, people who are obese, patients with hypertension or cardiovascular disease, and those whose diets are low in ruffage vegetables and high in fatty foods are at a higher risk for AMD development. Although these patients may have a higher propensity for development of AMD, it can and does occur in patients with few or none of the above risk factors. Macular degeneration affects the area of the eye which controls central vision. While glaucoma, which we discussed in January, affects the peripheral vision and may go unnoticed for extensive periods of time, macular losses can be much more easily subjectively noticed as central vision can be reduced, blurred, or completely lost.

There are two primary types of age-related macular degeneration: dry and wet. While the dry form is the most common type, it can progress into the more severe wet form. Loss of vision is a risk in both types; however, it occurs at a more expedited rate with wet macular degeneration.

Check out the videos below for a more comprehensive discussion of macular degeneration!

Dry Macular Degeneration

Wet Macular Degeneration

Healthcare professionals suggest that preventative dietary choices can reduce the development of AMD and may decrease its progression in already affected patients. Vitamin therapies and the addition of certain food groups can be beneficial in reducing macular degeneration risks, severity, and progression rates.

Diets rich in certain foods can aide in macular and overall health. Suggested ruffage to include in your everyday diet:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Endive
  • Turnip greens
  • Swiss chard
  • Mustard greens
  • Romaine lettuces
  • Watercress
  • Radicchio

Below is a macula-healthy shake recipe! Enjoy!