Does the Sun Play a Role in Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration affects more than 10 million people living in the United States.

While macular degeneration is considered an incurable eye disease, our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont wants you to know how you can start taking action to prevent macular degeneration in the future, which includes protecting your eyes from the sun’s strong UV rays.

How Can Macular Degeneration Be Prevented?

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can take action to prevent macular degeneration in the future, or at least slow it down from progressing as fast.

To start with, you want to make sure you obtain regular eye exams, as well as keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels within a normal range. In addition, you should include fish, fruits, nuts and dark, leafy vegetables into your daily diet so that your vision is able to receive the nutrients it needs. Also, wearing sunglasses to protect your vision can help to prevent damage to your eyesight.

Risk Factors of Macular Degeneration

  • Advanced age
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Heredity
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Lighter eye color

How Do You Know Which Sunglasses Will Offer the Best Protection?

Not all sunglasses are made the same. Therefore, it is important to do your homework when it comes to what sunglasses will be better at protecting your eyes from the sun’s strong UV rays.

What to Look for in Sunglasses

  • Do they have UVA/UVB protection?
  • Is the frame large enough to protect your eyes and the skin around them?
  • Do they have the same shade tint throughout?
  • Do they have a grey tint?

Did the strong UV rays of the sun leave you with a bad burn? Visit the team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont today for medical treatment! We are open seven days a week.


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