7. Eat Less Refined Carbohydrates
When focusing on a healthy diet to reduce your risk of AMD, you must consider reducing or cutting out refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pretzels, and sugar-laced baked goods.
According to a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, refined carbohydrates can significantly increase your risk of developing macular degeneration.
Refined carbohydrates should be replaced with low glycemic index foods, which include brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and multigrain bread. Low glycemic index foods are richer in a variety of nutritive and nonnutritive antioxidants.
8. Get Regular Eye Checkups
Getting your eyes regularly checked by your doctor will help detect the earliest signs of macular degeneration before the condition reaches an advanced state.
Always remember that early diagnosis and treatment may help control progression of the disease, and stabilize or even restore some vision.
It is very important to have an eye examination once a year if you’re between the ages of 45 and 60 when macular degeneration commonly emerges. But if you have any risk factors associated with AMD, get your eyes checked every six months.