In the United States, approximately 2 million individuals have AMD. There is a higher risk of getting this disease if you:
-Have a family history of AMD
-Eat foods that are high in saturated fat
-Are 65 or older
Preventative measures include maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure levels, eating a healthy diet of omega-3s and leafy greens, exercising regularly and not smoking.
10 HEALTH PROBLEMS YOUR EYES COULD BE SHOWING SIGNS OF.
Dry eyes, irritated eyes, and blurry vision can be caused by poor nutrition. Ask your eye doctor if dietary changes or supplements will help.
Don’t suffer from red, itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies. Your eye doctor can prescribe treatments to keep your eyes comfortable year-round.
Color Vision Changes:
Do colors look faded? Changes in your color vision may be a sign of early cataracts or other eye health problems.
Yellow eyes could be a sign of liver problems. See your eye doctor and general physician to make sure your eyes are healthy and your liver is functioning normally.
Autoimmune disease is when your body’s defense mechanism against disease-causing microbes starts attacking normal, healthy cells. Dry eyes and dry mouth can be the warning signs of an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome, which damages glands that produce tears and saliva.
Your eye doctor can check for sun damage that can cause cancer of the eyelids and front of the eye. Remember to wear shades outdoors in daylight to shield your eyes from UV.
Amyloid protein that builds up in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease may appear in the retina as an early marker of the condition. Detection requires a special test called SD-OCT.
Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause serious vision problems and even blindness. Routine dilated eye exams are essential to monitor of the disease.
High Blood Pressure:
Early signs of damage from high blood pressure can be detected in a routine eye exam so potentially life-saving treatment can be initiated and adjusted as needed.
During a dilated eye exam, your eye doctor can examine the health of blood vessels in the retina and detect signs of increased risk of carotid artery disease and stroke.
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