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Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and AdaptDX Pro Testing

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a devastating retinal (macular) eye disease typically affecting people over 50. AMD affects our most precious vision, more specifically our straight ahead vision. It is this area of the eye that is required to read, drive and see fine detail. A failed rapid AdaptDx test simply means that we are detecting the earliest signs that you have macular degeneration at least 3 years before it is clinically visible. This was done by measuring your eyes ability to adjust from bright to dark. Detecting AMD with AdaptDX allows one to take action at the earliest time to hopefully slow disease progression. Although AMD cannot be cured, its progression can be slowed by attention to a number of lifestyle factors. Those lifestyle factors are a healthy diet, exercise, sunlight protection, digital blue light protection, smoking cessation, systemic disease control, maintaining proper body mass index and nutraceutical supplementation, particularly with MacuHealth.

Studies have shown that a healthy diet, such as a Mediterranean-like diet, high in fruits & vegetables such as kale, broccoli, carrots, and spinach; legumes, nuts, seeds, and other grains; olive oil as the main source of monounsaturated fat; dairy products, fish, poultry, and wine in moderate amounts; and limited intake of red and processed meats will reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD.

Cardiovascular exercise of 30-90 minutes of daily physical activity is necessary to maintain eye health and reduce the risk of progression of AMD.

Ultraviolet (UV) and blue light from the sun will damage the eye and increases the risk of AMD.Using high quality sunglasses at all times outdoors will stop UV light from entering your eye. Eyeglasses which provide protection from digital blue light and UV light will relieve eye strain and protect from damage as well.

Smoking causes extensive damage to the eye, including AMD. It is crucial to stop smoking in order to protect your eye and reduce the progression of macular degeneration.

Management of systemic diseases such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity may also slow down the progression of macular degeneration.

There are 3 macular pigments present in one’s eye that protect the macula from damage from oxidation. Enriching macular pigment can help save vision and possibly delay the onset of the disease. MacuHealth is a nutritional supplement consisting of these 3 macular pigments. Because MacuHealth contains only these 3 macular pigments and nothing else, it will not interfere with other vitamins or medications that one may be taking.

In addition, frequent follow up testing and annual eye exams are necessary in order to preserve vision.By following the recommended treatment plan, we can measure the stability or progression of the disease and make recommendations so that you have the best visual outcome.