AMD: the leading cause of low vision after the age of 65

Eating a healthy diet that is rich in natural antioxidants and omega 3, not smoking and undergoing regular eye check-ups after the age of 50 are the best preventative measures against AMD

This future technique will enable patients who have a high risk of suffering from the condition to be identified and monitored more comprehensively, according to sources at IMO.

IMO recommends that people over the age of 50 should regularly check their vision with simple tests that they can carry out at home, such as looking at the lines of floor tiles, balustrades, etc.

If patients see these lines as distorted or notice a black spot in the centre of vision, it is important for them to visit an ophthalmologist for diagnosis. Other symptoms of AMD include blurred vision and loss of visual acuity.

AMD affects the macula, the central area of the retina and, as it progresses, it reduces central vision, making it difficult to carry out tasks that require seeing in fine detail, such as reading, driving, recognising faces or dialling telephone numbers. This severe visual impairment directly affects the quality of life of patients. 30,000 new cases every year The condition is linked to aging. It generally affects the over 50s and especially people over the age 65 (it is the main cause of low vision after this age). In Spain, more than 10% of the over-65 population is affected by the disorder, which each year accounts for around 30,000 new cases.

As life expectancy increases, it is estimated that by 2020 up to 7.5 million people over the age of 65 will be suffering from AMD in the world.

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