Please DO NOT DELETE this page.

Blog //
  • Wellbeing
//

Age Related Macular Degeneration

25 June, 2018
Age related macular degeneration

Age Related Macular Degeneration or ARMD is an eye disorder associated with aging that results in damaged sharp and central vision and affects an estimated 1.15 million Australians 50 years and older. It is the leading cause of vision loss in adults and the effects are permanent; however, you can reduce risk by routinely consuming nutrients or vitamins formulated specifically for eye health.

Risk factors:

  • Over 40 years of age
  • Family history of macular degeneration
  • Smoker: current or prior
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Overweight
  • Low macular pigment
  • Poor diet (eat your vegetables)
  • Sun exposure (wear your sunglasses)
  • Drusen (tiny yellow or white deposits under the retina identified by your optometrist)

 

Prevention: Current technology can now detect your risk of developing this sight-threatening disease years before it develops. Ask your optometrist if they have an instrument to measure macular pigment as you are much more like to develop ARMD if you have low macular pigment. If that sounds confusing, an easy change you can make is by improving your diet. In fact, macular pigment is often controlled through diet, so don’t forget to eat your vegetables because they may save your sight. You may even want to talk to your optometrist about taking specific vitamins (zeaxanthin and lutein) that can help prevent or slow ARMD.

Detecting ARMD: You can test yourself for signs of ARMD every day in about 10 seconds! An Amsler grid is an easy to use self-monitoring tool that can help detect changes in your vision. A free magnetized Amsler grid is available to order from Macular Disease Foundation Australia along with an information kit here. Let your optometrist know immediately should you notice any sudden changes in vision.

1 Macular Disease Foundation Australia, About Macular Degeneration, https://www.mdfoundation.com.au/content/what-is-macular-degeneration, Accessed 1 February 2018

This article has been provided by VSP. VSP offer CBHS members benefits and discounts on prescription glasses, sunglasses and lenses – save on your next pair of glasses by clicking below.

Your VSP discounts

Source: February is macular degeneration month

All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified medical practitioner. CBHS endeavours to provide independent and complete information, and content may include information regarding services, products and procedures not covered by CBHS Health Cover policies.

Suggested Articles

  • A woman doing exercise

    Osteoporosis action: How exercising for your bones works

    Osteoporosis is a common disease in Australia. However, with these simple exercises, you can help protect your bones as you get older.
    • Fitness
    20 May 2019
  • Woman with Luxottica brands eyewear

    More choice for members as OPSM joins the CBHS Choice Network

    Luxottica brands, OPSM and Laubman & Pank, are now available for our members with Extras cover to access as part of CBHS Choice Network. That means looking after your eye health and keeping your style on point is now even easier!
    • CBHS
    • Membership
    20 May 2019
  • A man with positive mental health

    What is positive mental health, and how can we foster it?

    Positive mental health allows you to enjoy all the activities you want to participate in. It doesn’t mean you will never be sad or go through emotionally-challenging times. However, those with positive mental health will be able to bounce back more easily from these experiences - this is called mental resilience.
    • Wellbeing
    20 May 2019
  • A man swimming to build cardiovascular strength

    Three tips for improving cardiovascular fitness

    A healthy heart should be one of your ultimate exercise goals. These tips will show you simple but effective ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness.
    • Fitness
    20 May 2019