We take for granted the fact that we can see and don’t give a second thought to the fact that we should be caring for our eyes beyond the trip to the optician every few years. This is something that should be considered though, because every year up to 600,000 people in the UK are affected by Macular Degeneration, which can lead to sight loss.
This is part of the retina, right at the very back of the eye and is probably about the size of a grain of rice. It is responsible for your central, colour and fine detailed vision. It is made up of photoreceptor cells that collect images and forward them to the brain for interpretation.
Age Macular Degeneration (AMD)
This generally happens later in life, but can occur much earlier. There are a whole host of ways that the eyes can be damaged and result in AMD:
- Smoking increases the risk of AMD by three times. Smoking damages the blood vessels in the eye and it’s structure.
- Diet, if bad can effect the risk of getting AMD, a good healthy balanced diet is the best option.
- Blood Pressure if on the high side will increase the risk by one and a half times.
- Sunlight has harmful UV rays and these rays can damage the eyes if they aren’t protected.
- Age, genetics and if you are female also will increase the likelihood of getting AMD.
What can you do?
Get your eyes checked regularly an if you have any concerns why not contact the Macular Society:
Call: 0300 3030 111, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
PO Box 1870
There are also supplements that you can take called MacuShield.
The MacuShield supplements contain an ingredient called Meso-Zeaxanthin, something that is only found in the macular when talking about human beings. It is also found, however, in marigolds and MacuShield grown them epcifically to help people protect their eyes.
They extract the Meso-Zeaxanthin from the marigolds and then use it to create these daily supplements, along with Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids also found at the back of the eye.
MacuShield is also packed with vitamins and nutrients!
Of course you should check with your doctor before taking any medications or suppliments.