Heart disease AND vision loss share risk factors
Age-Related Macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition of retinal degeneration that can lead to vision loss. Approximately 2 million Americans currently have AMD, and this number is expected to double by 2030! Interestingly, some risk factors for AMD are similar to those for heart disease.
To reduce your risk of AMD (and heart disease!) the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends optimal control of blood pressure and diabetes, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, and knowing your family history. A known family member with Macular Degeneration increases your risk. Regular evaluations are necessary.
By following these steps, you can protect your eyes and your heart! A fabulous article by Madeline R. Vann, MPH can be found by following this link.