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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, commonly referred to as AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in adults, aged 65 years and older. As seniors age, AMD destroys the central vision needed to see clearly and can affect daily activities from something as simple as reading to something more severe, like driving.

There are two forms of AMD – wet and dry. Wet macular degeneration occurs with the small blood vessels of the retina begin to leak which can lead to severe and permanent loss of central vision. On the other hand, dry macular degeneration is not assevere as wet, and typically does not progress to the wet form.

What Your Loved Ones Can Do

Avoiding the onset of AMD may not be possible for your aging loved ones, especially if they have a family history of AMD, but there are some things they can do to help reduce the risk of symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease. Before your loved ones starts taking additional vitamins or change their daily habits, have them speak to their health care provider.

  • Quit smoking
  • Regular eye exams
  • Inform doctors of family history
  • Increase vitamin intake such as; Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Zinc, or Copper
  • Maintaining a low cholesterol diet

If your loved ones have AMD and if it has progressed to a later stage, their doctor may begin using additional therapies, such as laser treatments or injections.

Comfort Keepers® in Lake Havasu City

At Comfort Keepers® in Lake Havasu City, our caregivers can provide your loved ones with compassionate in-home care service to help them with daily activities that may be harder with the development of AMD. From light housekeeping to transportation, our Comfort Keepers® can provide your aging loved ones with the care they need to live a healthy and independent lifestyle.

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References
https://www.cdc.gov/features/healthyvisionmonth/index.html

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