Reducing the Risk of Macular Degeneration

Eye Center of Virginia Eye Diseases & Conditions

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With years of combined experience and a dedication to the most advanced eye care and vision correction options, we are proud to be your choice local eye doctors in Williamsburg. We understand that preventative care is one of the most important tools available to help catch common eye health and vision conditions early on. We help make sure patients of all ages have the tools they need to prevent certain eye diseases. This includes the risk of macular degeneration. Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? If so, as you age you may be increasing your risk of vision loss due to this common age-related disease.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is characterized by the gradual breakdown of the macula, a small central area of the retina that controls your visual acuity. While AMD is currently the leading cause of vision loss among older Americans, there are other possible causes of this common eye disease including:

  • Obesity and inactivity
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Heredity
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • And more

How Can You Reduce Your Risk of AMD?

One of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of AMD is to keep up with your regular eye exam appointments with Dr. Schultz and to always make sure you are carrying proper sun wear. Some research suggests that prolonged exposure to the suns’ harmful UV rays can help to increase your chances of AMD, so be sure to wear sunglasses whenever you go outside. With so many great sunglasses options to choose from at the Eye Center of Virginia, there’s no excuse to go outside unprotected.

Another way to help reduce your risk of AMD is to eat more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Some great examples include cold water fish like salmon, spinach and walnuts.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Dr. Schultz Today

Want to learn more about our eye and vision care services? Have a question for our team? Call (757) 229-1131 or visit our Williamsburg optometry team online today to schedule an appointment.