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Macular Degeneration or Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

Macular degeneration has two forms. The most common form is called “dry” and the other more severe and visually-limiting form is referred to as “wet.” Macular degeneration is the loss of sharp central vision.

If you have this condition, you will not go blind. The severity and the type of macular degeneration you have determines how much central vision loss you will experience. Your eye doctor may give you a take home test to help you track your condition.

Studies have shown that lifestyle may also affect the development and/or progression of macular degeneration. Changes you should make in your lifestyle include:

  • healthy diet with dark green leafy vegetables
  • cholesterol under control
  • minimal alcohol consumption
  • no smoking
  • take a multivitamin daily

If you need to be on a special eye vitamin your eye doctor will advise you.

If you have the "wet" form of macular degeneration your eye doctor will refer you to a retina specialist for treatment.

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