Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of this disease. The cells of the macula decay and disintegrate. Clinical trials are currently being undertaken using drugs to slow progression of the disease and and AI trial is working on finding a way to identify those at risk of developing this devastating condition.
Diet. Studies suggest that people who eat a diet rich in carotenoids (powerful antioxidants) have a lower risk of developing AMD. Our research team have also found evidence that an 'unhealthy' diet can be detrimental to vision.
Vitamins. There is no evidence to date that taking vitamins when there are no clinical signs of disease will prevent age-related macular degeneration. It is thought that they may help to slow the disease in some people with early - to mid-stage AMD.
Smoking is a major risk factor for both wet and dry macular degeneration. If at all possible patients should stop or reduce smoking.
Sunshine is lovely but please wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from damaging UV-A and UV-B rays.