Macular Degeneration (MD) is a progressive eye disease in which the photoreceptors at the macular start to deteriorate and die due to the breakdown of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). This causes a build-up of retinal metabolic waste that clinically appears as yellow spots, called drusen.
Ways to promote macular health?
• After you turn 50 years of age have your eyes and macular checked regularly every two years by your optometrist.
• Abstain from smoking.
• Have a well-balanced diet: include fresh fruit and vegetables daily, oily fish 2 to 3 times a week, a handful of nuts a week, and limit fat intake and high-GI carbohydrates.
• Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight.
• Have sun protection for your eyes.
Call Hansen’s Eyecare Plus in Orange or Parkes and get your macular checked today!