Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for those aged 55 and older in the United States, affecting more than 10 million Americans. Age-related macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records images and send them via the optic nerve from the eye to brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macular is in charge of focusing central vision in the eye. It controls our ability to read, recognize faces and colors, drive a car, and see objects in fine detail.
As people get older, chances for developing the eye disease increases. Since AMD has few symptoms in its early stages, it is important to have your eyes examined regularly.
Although there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration there are treatments available to maintain vision loss. There is also clear evidence that certain dietary choices can help slow vision loss. Here’s a list of foods to consider packing for lunch or making for dinner to help in the fight against age-related macular degeneration.