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Florida Eye Institute Blog

Febuary is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Resolutions for Healthy Vision Donít give up on those healthy New Yearís resolutions just yet! Numerous studies point to the importance of healthy habits in the prevention of eye disease. While itís true that many conditions, like Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration, have a genetic component; a healthy lifestyle can significantly curtail, and even improve vision as we age. Thatís especially important considering the risk for Macular Degeneration increases with age. The disease is most likely to occur in those 55 and older. Dr. Carl Kupfer, former Director of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, has stated that Macular Degeneration will soon reach alarming numbers of aging Baby Boomers. ďAs the Baby Boom generation ages, and in the absence of further prevention and treatment advances, AMD is estimated to reach epidemic proportions of 6.3 million Americans by the year 2030.Ē The causes of AMD are not fully understood, but it is associated with other risk factors besides aging. Macular Degeneration often runs in families due to a genetic component and is most common among families of European descent. Smoking DOUBLES the risk of AMD. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity and a diet high in

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