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While there is no cure for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of progression.
|Monitor your vision weekly.
Use an Amsler grid, a tool that helps you monitor subtle changes in your central vision. Some forms of AMD can progress very quickly. Monitoring your vision weekly can help you notice any changes. If you do notice changes, talk to your eye doctor immediately.
|Keep your eye doctor appointments.
Experts recommend a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year for everyone. Some changes in vision may be best detected by an eye care professional, so it’s important to keep your eye appointments, as directed.
|If you smoke, quit.
We know it’s not easy. But stopping smoking may be the most important thing you can do to help reduce your risk of AMD progression. Consider creating a plan to stop smoking that is tailored specifically to your needs and habit. For help creating a plan, visit Smokefree.gov, an online resource that helps you or someone you know quit smoking.
|Consider taking an AREDS formula eye vitamin, such as PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula.
Only PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula contains the exact levels of clinically proven nutrients recommended by the National Eye Institute based on the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) clinical study in people with moderate-to-advanced AMD.* To see a full listing of all PreserVision products, click here.
|Read vitamin labels carefully.
Ensure you are taking an AREDS formula as recommended by the National Eye Institute, based on the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) in people with moderate-to-advanced AMD. To learn more about the AREDS studies, click here. You should always talk to your doctor about which AREDS formula is right for you.
|Maintain your overall health. High cholesterol and blood pressure can increase your risk of AMD.
|Protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Look for sunglasses with 99% to 100% UVA and UVB protection, as indicated on the label. Try to find wraparound sunglasses that block UV rays from all angles.
|Consider low-vision aids.
Many people with AMD may also benefit from the help of low-vision aids, devices designed to help people with low vision function better, such as handheld magnifiers. Click here to learn more from the National Eye Institute.
|Find a support group.
There are AMD groups available across the country to support you and connect you to others living with the condition. For help finding a support group, click here.