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Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss today, affecting more people than glaucoma and cataracts put together. At Vision Source Odessa our eye doctors diagnose a wide range of cases before patients even notice any symptoms. Early detection is the key to successfully treating macular degeneration, which is why regular eye exams are so important for every adult. Everyone is at risk for age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, but risk factors such as being over 65, Caucasian or a smoker greatly increase your risk. The damage done by AMD is irreversible, but once the condition is diagnosed, your optometrist in Odessa will provide treatment to slow down or stop the progression.
Most macular degeneration management is based on lifestyle choices you make. Living in a healthy way that encourages eye health is not only the best route to macular degeneration prevention, it slows or stops the disease once it starts. Some of the best changes you can make include:
If you've already been diagnosed with macular degeneration, your eye doctor will prescribe supplements designed to strengthen your eye health. Take these in addition to a good multivitamin and multi-mineral each day.
There is no single cause for macular degeneration, but many factors can contribute to its forming. Different types of light are a significant factor for many people. Long term exposure to UVA and UVB rays are shown to have contributed to many cases. The best way to avoid this danger is to wear a good pair of sunglasses every time you leave the house. At Vision Source Odessa, we can prescribe sunglasses that block out 100 percent of the UV rays, both in prescription and non-prescription varieties.
Another form of damaging light that's becoming more dangerous is blue light. Blue light is a natural light wave that's included in sunlight. It's what makes us feel more awake and aware in the middle of the day. Our bodies have developed to have a positive reaction to blue light, but modern people are subjecting themselves to massive doses of this light every day. It's present in the light from monitors, television screens, tablets, smart phones and any other device with a lit screen. An overdose of blue light can contribute to macular degeneration. The best way to prevent this from happening is to wear glasses that block blue light while working on a computer, and by putting away devices for the last 90 minutes of each day.
Early detection is key for treating every case of macular degeneration, and it all starts with an eye examination. Call our office in Odessa, TX, at 432-362-3133 to make an appointment today.
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