Macular degeneration is an eye disease that destroys central vision, and is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 55. It currently affects approximately 15 million people. Due to the aging Baby Boomer population, the incidence of macular degeneration is expected to triple by 2025. While there is no cure for macular degeneration, and its effects are irreversible, there are both modifiable and non-modifiable risks. Vista Eye Care offers MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) testing, which measures the density, or thickness of your macular pigment. As a modifiable risk factor, you can help manage macular degeneration risks including low macular pigment.
Non-Modifiable Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration:
- Family History
- Light colored skin and eyes
Modifiable Risk Factors for Macular Degeneration:
More than 3 million eyes have been accurately measured with an instrument called “QuantifEye,” which measures your MPOD. Our eye doctors recommend a yearly MPOD assessment for all patients over the age of 30. Having your MPOD measured is very important as a healthy MPOD reduces a key risk factor for macular degeneration -low macular pigment. Macular pigmentation protects the photoreceptors in the back of the eye from harmful blue light and can improve visual performance including acuity, light sensitivity, glare, and contrast sensitivity. Using the QuantifEye device, the MPOD exam takes only a few minutes. If it is determined that your MPOD is low, we will re-measure it again in 6 months to demonstrate that supplementation can positively affect your macular health.
If your MPOD score is low (defined as below 0.5) or if your risk-factors are high enough to raise concern, you can take steps to increase your macular pigment to avoid disease. Vista Eye Care offers EyePromise Restore eye vitamins which are a doctor-recommended brand with more than 25 million doses safely consumed. What’s more, EyePromise Restore eye vitamins are all natural, made in the USA from the highest quality ingredients, and feature a 60-day money-back guarantee. Ask your optometrist about EyePromise Restore when you come in for your next annual eye and vision examination.
Macular degeneration is a terrible eye disease, and while it typically doesn’t affect eye health and vision until you are in your 60’s and 70’s, you can lay the foundation of prevention early in life. Increasing your macular pigmentation is easy, and you’ll be grateful that you did! Vista Eye Care stocks Restore, so feel free to pick some up at your convenience. You can also purchase EyePromise Restore using the link below and have it shipped conveniently to your home!
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