- Q What increases my risk for age-related macular degeneration?
There are many risk factors that can increase your chance for macular degeneration. Being over 60, white, or female increases your risk, as well as a family history of the disease, smoking (doubles your risk), lighter-colored eyes, obesity, low nutrient... Full Answer
- Q How does age-related macular degeneration affect the eye?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyIn age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, there is damage to the macula, which is in the center of the retina in the back part of the eye. The damage results in a blind spot around the center of vision. Watch the animation to learn more about... Full Answer
- Q Can certain foods and supplements prevent macular degeneration?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyAdd in Antioxidants: A large-scale study at the National Eye Institute found that taking high levels of certain antioxidants and zinc can significantly reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Subjects in the study took high doses of vitamins C... Full Answer
- Q How can I deal with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson, Internal MedicineAlthough age-related macular degeneration (AMD) isn't yet curable, there is an expanding array of aids for people with low vision, such as magnifying devices, adjustable lamps, and large-print versions of playing cards, keypads, books, and periodicals. A... Full Answer
- Q What are treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?
Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson, Internal MedicineThe federally funded Age-Related Eye Disease Study has indicated that progression of intermediate dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) -- a vision problem that plagues older women -- may be slowed by supplements containing antioxidant vitamins and... Full Answer