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Watching your eyesight

Watching your eyesight

With age comes wisdom, but there is more to old age than meets the eye. One of the first things that tends to fade as one gets older is your eyesight.

Macular degeneration, also known as AMD, is a medical condition which results in blurred or no vision in the centre of the visual field. While there aren’t always symptoms early on, some people do experience a gradual worsening of vision. AMD could affect one or both eyes.

Muscular degeneration does not result in complete blindness.

However, the loss of central vision can make it hard in recognising faces, drive, read or perform any other activities. Visual hallucinations could also occur. This disorder usually occurs in older people, but genetic factors, obesity, high blood pressure and smoking play a role and is caused through damage to the macula of the retina.

It’s only through a thorough eye examination that a diagnosis can be made. However, preventive steps can be taken to minimise the chances of contracting macular degeneration. Exercising, a proper diet and refraining from cigarettes are just three simple ways to protect your eyesight. While there is no cure or treatment for vision already lost, there is hope for those who suspect they might be developing AMD.

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One of the key steps in warding off eye-related disorders such as Macular Degeneration is lutein.

Lutein is a natural occurring carotenoid pigment, which is usually found in leafy-green vegetables, such as spinach and kale. What many people do not know is that lutein has special qualities, as it is an extremely potent antioxidant and is a high-energy light absorber.

The antioxidant capabilities enables lutein to protect bodily tissues from damaging free-radical oxygen. This protection is of the utmost importance, as free-radical reactions could lead to DNA damage. This also manifests as issues such as cancer, if left unattended. Furthermore, people with higher amounts of lutein in their system have been shown to have faster visual systems, which in turn leads to faster reaction time.

But before consuming vast amounts of spinach or kale, be sure to visit an optometrist, where you can learn how to take the necessary steps to save your eyesight.

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