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Prevention of Macular Degeneration



The Greenville (SC) News reported that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) "is an eye disorder that causes the gradual loss of close-up vision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.8 million Americans are currently affected by macular degeneration, and that number is expected to climb to 2.95 million by 2020 as the baby boomer generation continues to age." While AMD is "most common in people over 60" and the tendency toward it may be inherited, eye expert Blake Myers, MD, said that "stopping smoking reduces the risk of getting macular degeneration by 30 percent...and taking specific vitamins reduces the risk by 11 percent." Exercise and eating a healthy diet may also help reduce risk.



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