Reduce the Risk
You can't change your genes or your age but you may reduce the risk of macular degeneration or slow down the progression of the disease by making positive diet and lifestyle changes.
- Have an eye test and make sure the macula is checked
- Don't smoke
- Keep a healthy lifestyle, control weight and exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy well-balanced diet
- Eat fish two to three times a week, dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily, and a handful of nuts a week. Limit the intake of fats and oils
- Choose low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI whenever possible
- In consultation with your doctor, consider a suitable supplement
- Use an Amsler grid daily to check for symptoms of macular degeneration
- Provide adequate protection for your eyes from sunlight exposure, including for those who are very young
Please Note: Any changes in diet or lifestyle should be undertaken in consultation with your doctor.
The Amsler grid is an easy, at-home, self monitoring tool to check for possible symptoms or sudden changes in vision. It should be used daily but does not replace having a regular eye test and macula check with an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
For a FREE Amsler grid, call the Foundation on 1800 111 709 or click here to order online.