More than 5,000 elderly individuals involved in a recent study were found to have age-related degenerative changes in their eyes, which could lead to blindness but also may be preventable. Ten percent of people over age 60, and nearly 25% of individuals in their late 70s, were found to have an early form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The risk of a progressive form of the disease increases with age, but there is evidence that AMD can be slowed if seniors are diagnosed and treated early. While there is no cure for AMD, research shows that prescription doses of a mix of antioxidants and the inclusion of fatty fish in the diet can lower the risk of serious vision loss.
Macular degeneration affects your ability to see near and far, and can make some activities – like reading or threading a needle – difficult or impossible. Many older people develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as part of the body’s natural aging process. Age-related macular degeneration may be caused either by abnormal blood-vessel growth behind the retina or a breakdown of light-sensitive cells within the retina.