Macular degeneration is a disease of the eye that can lead to blindness by affecting the center of vision, causing blind spots. The part of the human eye affected is the retina. It is estimated that macular degeneration currently affects more than 13 million Americans. Although advancing age is the primary cause, with a third of people over age 75 affected, there are some other risk factors for this debilitating eye disorder.
Smoking - Smokers are two to five times more likely to develop macular degeneration than non-smokers. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to the retina. This lack of proper oxygen most likely contributes to both the development and progression of the disease.
Family history - Closer relationships, like a sister or mother with the disease, mean greater risk.
Gender - Women are more likely than men.
Ethnicity - Caucasians are far more likely than other ethnicities.
Prolonged Sun Exposure - Wear those sunglasses!
Diet - People who consume diets high in fat, cholesterol, and/or high glycemic index foods (simple sugars), and/or have a low level of consumption of the antioxidants founds in green leafy vegetables may be more likely to develop macular degeneration.
Obesity and Sedentary Lifestyle - Exercise improves health and might prevent macular degeneration by ensuring proper oxygen flow to the retina.
High blood pressure - Like smoking, high blood pressure leads to the narrowing of the tiny blood vessels of the retina, restricting oxygen.
2. Eat a healthy diet packed with green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange fruit, fish, and whole grains
3. Quit smoking...NOW
4. Control elevated blood pressure through diet, regular exercise, or medication
5. Wear UV protected sunglasses when outside, even on cloudy days
6. Get routine eye exams and report any changes in vision immediately
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We are two eye doctors that practice in South Carolina: www.eyecareadvanced.com. We found that we wanted to help more people than we could see every day at our practices. We started Eye Love in May of 2015 with our ultimate goal being to build permanent clinics in areas that have no access to quality eye care and help prevent blindness in as many patients as we could.
As active members of Great Shape, Inc, and more specifically the iCARE project, we travel to Jamaica every year to give eye examinations and dispense eyeglasses. With proper help and funding, Great Shape Inc. is working to develop more permanent clinics, and our ultimate goal is to be able to work in those clinics more often.
As a company, we want you to feel good about your purchase and who you do business with. Our passion is to provide a better quality of life through better vision -- locally and globally. Locally we do this by helping you see the clearest that you can. Globally by giving a portion of profits back to someone in need of an eye examination and glasses in Jamaica.
Doctors Travis and Jenna Zigler