Diet Changes to Avoid Macular Degeneration

January 22, 2018

Certain diets in large population studies may have some effect in slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Some studies suggest that eating green, leafy vegetables and other vegetables may slow the progression of AMD, while people who do not typically eat any such vegetables may experience faster progression of AMD. Some potentially beneficial vegetables include kale, spinach, turnips, collard greens and romaine lettuce. Other vegetables that may slow the progression of AMD include broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts.

— Dr. Francis DeCroos, Southeastern Retina Associates; member, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society

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Avoiding Macular Degeneration

January 21, 2018

Macular degeneration is a common eye condition that typically manifests in people over age 50. It damages the macula of the eye, which is located near the center of the retina, and can lead to vision loss. The macula is the part of the eye that helps you see objects that are right in front of you. When this area is damaged, you may see spots or your vision may get blurry or dark. These changes might make it more difficult for you to drive or perform other everyday activities.

Macular degeneration can run in families, so if you have relatives with the condition, you may be at higher risk of developing it yourself. However, the good news is that modifiable risk factors also play an important role when it comes to developing macular degeneration. According to the National Eye Institute, you can reduce your risk by quitting smoking. Smoking cigarettes can double your risk of the condition. Also, try to maintain a healthy blood pressure, act to lower high cholesterol, and eat a healthy diet, one high in nutrients from green leafy vegetables and fish.

Not only are these recommendations beneficial when it comes to preventing macular degeneration, they are good, healthy practices for any individual. There is also evidence that certain nutritional supplements may slow the progression of macular degeneration in some instances. Discuss preventive strategies and early detection with your doctor if macular degeneration runs in your family. And getting a regular eye exam is a good idea, even for people without a family history of the condition.

For more info:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/can-i-avoid-macular-degeneration


Lions Club

January 20, 2018

The lions club in Durham has an ongoing support group for the blind. It is called “Vision Insight”. They meet the first Friday of every month at the Lions meeting-place 1850 Hillandale Rd in Durham. If interested contact Jim Turner at 919-872-3538.

Lauren Tappan


Low Vision Blog

January 20, 2018

I recommend looking up a low-vision/blind blog entitled “Outlook From Here.” This is a low-vision/blind blog and meet-up group located in Wisconsin.

They have an ongoing phone/computer/text meet-up that seems to be very helpful for some.

I recommend checking out this blog.

Lauren Tappan


Magazine about Disabilities

January 20, 2018

Magnets & Ladders

Active Voices of Writers with Disabilities

For more info:   http://www.magnetsandladders.org/

Lauren Tappan


A drug to treat retinal diseases with drops instead of injections

December 17, 2017

The Spanish firm Sylentis has developed a compound to treat diseases of the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which will be administered by ophthalmic drops instead of intraocular injections. The drug, which has been tested in animals, is a small interfering RNA capable of penetrating the cells of the retina and blocking the formation of new blood vessels.

A new compound, developed by the biotechnology company Sylentis, is able to penetrate the retina to treat age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, simply with the administration of ophthalmic drops.

This compound is a small interfering RNA (siRNA) designed to silence the expression of NRARP, a protein that controls the formation of new blood vessels in the retina. The compounds currently used to treat these diseases are based on large antibodies that cannot penetrate from the ocular surface to the retina, so they must be administered by intravitreal injections.

For more info:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/f-sf-adt121217.php

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-drug-retinal-diseases.html


Vigorous Exercise Tied to Macular Degeneration in Men

December 17, 2017

A new study suggests that vigorous physical activity may increase the risk for vision loss, a finding that has surprised and puzzled researchers.

Using questionnaires, Korean researchers evaluated physical activity among 211,960 men and women ages 45 to 79 in 2002 and 2003. Then they tracked diagnoses of age-related macular degeneration, from 2009 to 2013. Macular degeneration, the progressive deterioration of the central area of the retina, is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly.

They found that exercising vigorously five or more days a week was associated with a 54 percent increased risk of macular degeneration in men. They did not find the association in women.

for more info:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/well/move/vigorous-exercise-tied-to-macular-degeneration-in-men.html

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/article-abstract/2665836