Fortunately, macular degeneration research has taken strides to help those afflicted and to prevent the disease before it can happen.
Your eyes see the beauty of the world but when you do not bother to give your eyes UV protection or have your eyes checked regularly, you are risking your sight to macular degeneration.
Are Your Ready for Summer?
Now that summer is just waiting to break free, people are already planning their great vacations – soaking up the sun, gardening, and taking those long walks in mountain trails. You are no exemption. If you have your tanning lotions and sunscreens, wide hats, and swim gear on the ready, do not forget those coated sunglasses that will protect you against the harmful sunrays because macular degeneration research has linked AMD with UVB and UV rays.
It is not a matter of aping your favorite Hollywood celebrities in their saucer-sized sunglasses, it is more for protecting your eyes against a host of eye ailments, including AMD or age related macular degeneration. It may not happen now but you might be unwittingly preparing a fertile bed for the disease.
Symptoms of irreversible macular degeneration are blurry vision, difficulty in recognizing faces and straight lines also appear wavy. A new eyeglass is not always a solution so if a family member or a dear friend is experiencing these symptoms, bring him or her to a licensed ophthalmologist or eye specialist not an optometrist.
Several Macular Degeneration Research Unveil New Discoveries:
In a recent report from the University of Rochester Medical Center, macular degeneration research has found a way to detect threats of the disease before symptoms are manifested.
For the first time, the tissues under the retina of the human eye can now be imaged to detect abnormalities in the macular tissues with adaptive optics. This breakthrough will save thousands of people in their mid-60s who might lose their central vision.
Another research conducted by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School discovered that Vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid lowered the risk of the disease in women. This was published in the February 23, 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
If Vitamins B6 and B12 plus folic acid can lower the risks of central vision blindness, exercise can also prevent loss of vision. Paul Williams of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Sciences Division confirmed that the research showed that vigorous exercise could protect one’s vision against cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD.
The use of UV sunglasses is also supported by some research. According to these research, exposure to UVB over a period of years MAY cause cataract and these rays are absorbed by the lens of the human eye and CAN cause damage to the conjunctiva and cornea.
A Case of Better Early Than Later
Do not make it easy for AMD to strike. Be vigilant. Get the right vitamins for your eyes, exercise, and eat more vegetables and fruits. Living on this regimen while still young keeps AMD at bay even when you reach your early 50s. Better now than later.
Armed with the latest results from
macular degeneration research on AMD treatment and prevention get yourself and your family the best protective sunglasses before summer hits town. You cannot hide from the sun, can you?
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