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Macular Degeneration: Who Is at Risk?

Monday, 07 April 2014 12:13 AM

Are you experiencing a change in your vision? If your vision is blurred, if it is impaired by a blind spot in the center of your field of view, if you need powerful light to read, if you are not able to clearly recognize faces, and if you are older than 50, it is about time you checked your vision with a doctor to rule out macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a condition that is characterized by impaired vision that mainly affects the central part of the field of view that could be caused by many factors.
Age-related dry macular degeneration is caused due to deterioration of macula or inner lining of the black eye ball. Age-related macular degeneration is most common in people older than 50 and occurs frequently in those over 65.
Wet macular degeneration is another type of vision problem that occurs due to growth of blood vessels behind the retina that are leaking or oozing out blood.
Taking lutein in the natural form or as lutein supplements could help reduce the risk of developing vision problems such as macular degeneration.

Risk Factors for Age-Related Macular degeneration

People who are more than 50 years of age are at the most risk of developing vision problems such as dry macular degeneration. Many years of research on macular degeneration have lead to the understanding that the vision problems are caused in aged eyes and the reason for deterioration of the macula also seems to be associated with aging.
Apart from people over 50, smokers are at also at high risk of developing vision problems such as macular degeneration. According to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, cigarette smoking and its component tar can trigger deposit formation and thickening of the retina that leads to macular degeneration.
If you have a family member who has vision problems such as macular degeneration, you are also at risk of developing the same. Also, caucasians are at higher risk of acquiring macular degeneration based on prevalence.
Obesity is a positive risk factor for developing vision problems. Being overweight and being aged causes macular degeneration to progress faster, affecting the vision more severely.
Having cardiovascular diseases and higher cholesterol levels could be other risk factors that could lead to macular degeneration and similar problems with vision.

Lutein to Reduce Risk of Macular Degeneration

Lutein is a vitamin that is found commonly in many vegetables and fruits such as spinach, broccoli, kiwi, kale, corn, grapes, orange juice, zucchini, and squash.
Lutein, a potent antioxidant, is naturally found in the eye and helps in maintaining the health of the retina, lens, and macula. Lutein is necessary for healthy vision, and taking lutein supplements could help reduce the risk of acquiring macular degeneration. Lutein supplements also help alleviate pain, reduce symptoms, and slow down the progression of macular degeneration.

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Macular degeneration is a vision problem that is commonly caused in people over 65 and causes change in vision that could lead to a blind spot and difficulty in recognizing faces. People who are aged, obese, smokers, and have cardiac problems and high cholesterol are at a higher risk.
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