Macular Degeneration

When you suffer from macular degeneration, your eyesight begins to worsen, making objects which used to appear in sharp definition look blurry. You may have been told that macular degeneration is an irreversible condition from which you cannot recover. However, with the appropriate diet and supplements, you may be able not only to slow the progression of macular degeneration, but begin to reverse its negative effects.

Cause of Macular Degeneration

The commonly accepted cause of macular degeneration is the buildup of waste products or toxins in the macula of the eye, creating spots and damaging vision. Because these toxins attack the macula, or the central part of your retina, the damage affects your ability to focus on objects you look directly at, while your peripheral vision remains unchanged, as opposed to glaucoma which first affects peripheral vision.

While it has been accepted that macular degeneration is somewhat preventable, the improvement of macular degeneration by eating a healthy diet is only now becoming well understood. Poor diet and high counts of free radicals are the primary causes of macular degeneration, and because each of these can be treated, macular degeneration can be combated.

Treating Macular Degeneration with Injectibles

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) asually affects older patients and results in a deuction of central vision. The two main types are wet and dry. Sometimes there is a family history of the condition.

For the wet form, abnormal blood vessels grow on and in the retina. Management may include vitamin supplementation or injectibles medicines, such as Lucentis or Avastin to stop the abnormal growth of blood vessels.

A visit to an ophthalmologist can help make the diagnoses and determine a treatment plan.

Treating Macular Degeneration with Diet

A vision research study from Tufts University found a link between ingesting certain types of carbohydrates and the development of macular degeneration. Individuals with a higher glycemic index are more likely to develop macular degeneration. This means that certain types of white breads, cake, and other foods sweetened with corn syrup or sugar are more likely to promote macular degeneration.

To treat macular degeneration, you can first of all avoid these types of foods. In addition to avoiding foods and drinks high in sugar and corn syrup, you can:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Lower and control your blood pressure.
  • Consume a healthy portion of omega-3 oils and fatty acids like those found in fish.
  • Talk to your ophthalmologist about how else you can prevent or minimize the effects of macular degeneration.

Treating macular degeneration through diet and adding exercise to help lower your blood pressure will not only help improve your eye health, but your overall health. These are also common prescriptions for protecting yourself from heart disease and heart attack.

If you suffer from macular degeneration and would like to learn more about how you can improve your vision, please contact experienced ophthalmologist Dr. James Kelly, M.D., at Kelly Laser Center in New York. We welcome patients from New York City, Manhattan, and Long Island.