Can You Prevent Macular Degeneration?

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Once this common age-related vision problem begins to develop, our Chicago eye doctors and surgeons can help you manage it.Age-related macular degeneration is one of the common vision disorders treated by Chicago-area LASIK and cataract surgeon Dr. Richard Foulkes.

If you're an older adult in the Chicago area, there's roughly a 30 percent chance that you're developing this vision issue, which is caused by the slow deterioration over time of the eye's macula, or the sensitive yellow area at the back of your retina.

Here are some additional details from our Foulkes Vision eye doctors about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can lead to blurred or complete vision loss at the center of the eye.

  • Some risk factors for age-related macular degeneration are smoking, family history, poor diet, prolonged sun exposure, and high blood pressure.
  • Women are more likely to develop this issue than men.
  • Caucasian people develop AMD at a higher rate than any other race.
  • People with light-colored eyes develop AMD at a higher rate than their peers.
  • The best things that you can do to prevent or slow AMD is slim down, get more exercise, and eat a nutrient-rich diet punctuated by leafy green vegetables, fish and whole grains.
  • Visit with one of the eye doctors at Foulkes Vision regularly to pinpoint this or any other developing vision issue.

Once ADM has developed, our Chicago eye surgeons can help you manage the problem, sometimes with the assistance of laser surgery.

To schedule your consultation with one of the Chicago-area cataract or LASIK eye surgeons at Foulkes Vision, please contact our practice directly, online through this website or by calling (877) EYES-2CU.