Age Related Macular Degeneration
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What can you do to reduce the risks
Ask your optometrist to advise on reducing risk of AMD in later life and to measure your present levels of Macular PigmentA Simple and free ARMD risk calculator (currently under development at Manchester University)
Get regular eye tests, at least every two years and more frequently as you get older (over 50)
Always ask for a complete eye test - not a five minute checkup!
Ask about your ARMD risks and advice for reducing them
The higher the risk the more serious you should consider altering lifestyle to reduce the risks.
If your macular pigment levels are also low you should consider altering your diet and/or taking supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin.A Simple web based ARMD risk calculator (offsite at OHSU USA)
If you do not know your macular pigment levels ask your optometrist to measure it for you.