Causes of Macular Degeneration

Some risk factors in AMD are not under anyone’s control:

  • Age – the older a person is, the more likely he or she is to have Age-related Macular Degeneration.
  • Genetics – a family history of macular degeneration is universally believed to be a factor.
  • Light-colored irises (irides)
  • Far-sightedness
  • High levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) – a marker of inflammation in the body.
  • Being female – Females are more susceptible to AMD than males are, not because they are more genetically prone to develop AMD, but because they live longer.

While the causes of age-related macular degeneration are complex, several of the risk factors are controllable: 

How to reduce your risk of Macular Degeneration

Recommended Supplements for Age-related Macular Degeneration – The current recommended supplements for Age-related Macular Degeneration include a combination of antioxidants, carotenoids, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Ten Habits for Eye Health and AMD Treatment – The New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center recommends these healthy habits, and your health care provider may give similar recommendations.

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