Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration, a condition in which cellular debris or hemorrhages cause the retina to detach from the back of the eyeball, is the leading cause of blindness after age of 50.
       A simple test you can take in your own home is the Ambler Grid test simply a grid of crossing lines that make many equal-sized boxes. The test is done by looking at the center of the grid and detecting if the center of the grid fades out of the spot or vacant space that moves as you move your eye. Another symptom may that you require more light in order to read clearly. Yet another symptom is taking longer to adjust to dim light after having coming from the blight sunlight.
       Your Doctor can give you an ambler grid which looks much like a blank calendar. You may also find one at your public library, and on your internet. Block one eye with a card so only one is checked at a time. If the center of the grid pattern looks broken, distorted, and wavy or if any of it appears to be missing, you should visit your Doctor right away.
         As early as 1992 a presentation was made at the annual general meeting of the American Academy of ophthalmology in which it was suggested that antioxidant vitamin and minerals could be as treatment for this serious eye affliction. Their finding was backed up by 2001 clinical conducted by the national eye institute. They found it that people at high risks of developing advanced stages age –related macular degeneration lowered their risks by 25% when with a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and zinc.
          Vitamin C is found in practically all raw fruits and vegetables, particularly in kiwis, citrus, green pepper, strawberries raw cabbage, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and white potatoes. Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, whole grains, and vegetables. Vitamin A and beta-carotene are found in dark green leafy vegetables, yellow and orange vegetables, and fruits. Small doses of selenium and zinc may also be helpful.
          Aspirin has linked to macular degeneration. Researchers examining 109 patient afflicted with macular degeneration found that all patients had been taking frequent dosage of aspirin. It is of concern that the present counsel to take an aspirin a day to keep from having heart attack may cause an increase of unnecessary blindness in the 50-plus age group in the years directly ahead.
            Aspirin has been shown to reduce the incident of Alzheimer’s disease by decreasing intravascular clotting, but garlic’s properties can do this, too. Since aspirin may cause spontaneous hemorrhages that may detach the retina, it is potentially a sight-depriving drug for people with macular degeneration, and some other retinal disorders.
The following will minimize your risks for macular degeneration.
1. Keep your blood pressure low.
2. Do not smoke.
3. Wear protective sunglass or a good hat, and remain indoors or very well protected from the sun during the highest time of day.
4. Avoid drugs as much possible, aspirin.

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