While there is no cure for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of progression.
Monitor your vision weekly.
Use an Amsler grid, a tool that helps you monitor subtle changes in your central vision. Some forms of AMD can progress very quickly. Monitoring your vision weekly can help you notice any changes. If you do notice changes, talk to your eye doctor immediately.
Keep your eye doctor appointments.
Experts recommend a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year for everyone. Some changes in vision may be best detected by an eye care professional, so it’s important to keep your eye appointments, as directed.
If you smoke, quit.
We know it’s not easy. But stopping smoking may be the most important thing you can do to help reduce your risk of AMD progression. Consider creating a plan to stop smoking that is tailored specifically to your needs and habit.
Maintain your overall health. High cholesterol and blood pressure can increase your risk of AMD. Try to exercise for 30 minutes a few times a week. Consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine. Strive for a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark, leafy greens. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked.
Consider low-vision aids.
Many people with AMD may also benefit from the help of low-vision aids, devices designed to help people with low vision function better, such as handheld magnifiers.