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AMD Prevention / Blue Light Protection

Tips on how to improve your macula lutea: Go to http://www.eyepromise.com/natural-eye-vitamins/eye-health/amd for more information.

Lifestyle changes:

1> If you smoke stop: Smoking has been show to increase the incidence of health problems by 73%. There is a strong link to this condition. We can guide you to the appropriate professional for help.

2> Decrease your weight: A BMI of 30 or over (for over age 20years) increases your risk 2 fold. You can calculate your BMI as follows

weight (lbs)
BMI = ———————– X 703
height (in) x height (in)

Systemic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are associated with in the worsening of this condition. Keep them in best control.

This condition has been shown to have a genetic basis therefore a family history may increase your risk. We can now do genetic testing to determine your relative risk and relative risk of progression for this condition.

Diet changes:

1> Choose the proper foods. Eat one or more good size portion from each group daily. Go to our website for more information.

Group one – kale, collard or turnip greens, spinach (raw), romaine lettuce, and broccoli

Group two – winter butternut or acorn squash, pumpkin, carrots, corn, yellow or red peppers, Goji berries.

Group three – red colored salmon, trout, Antarctic krill, micro algae (Haematococcus pluvial) phaffia yeast (Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous), pandalus borealis (artic shrimp) crayfish, and crustaceans – all cooked.

A word of caution about diet. The foods you eat can have a big impact therefore choose them wisely. Be aware that some foods may interfere with the action of certain medications or medical problems. For example, patients on blood thinners should not eat green leafy vegetables, raw kale is goitrogen, it blocks your ability to absorb iodine that is needed for thyroid function – if you cook it, and it does not. If you have any questions, about what foods you should avoid please contact our office.

2> Vitamin suppements / nutracuticals: there are many over the counter “eye vitamins” and we do not feel that they are all the same. For instance, many post that they contain Lutein, but the quality and quantity make a big difference. We find that many over fifty vitamin formulas say they contain Lutein of about 300mcg – studies indicate that 6-10 mg is needed. That is 1,000 times too little! We recommend EyePromise distributed by ZeaVision products. These are high quality products with the proper quantity of the supplements needed. They in fact guarantee that your macula lutea optical density will improve or your money back. To aid in maximum absorption we recommend that you take these products with your main meal of the day.

3> for those at higher risk, with macula changes or lifestyle/diet problems we offer a full line of UV and blue light protecting ophthalmic lenses. These would be worn to protect your eyes to reduce the amount of blue light entering the eye.

Our office has decided to be proactive with this condition because we feel current wisdom indicates we should take action. Prevention is key. Our office has always been ahead of the curve recommending UV protecting sunglasses in the early 1990’s before there were standards (the government standards we proposed in 2001 and still not standardized). We were also ahead of the curve recommending polycarbonate lenses, which are not only thinner and lighter but also 60 times stronger than other ophthalmic lenses of the times. We will continue to bring the best of sound science to our practice of eye care for each one of our patients.