The pandemic has made people aware of adopting a healthy lifestyle. But still, there are many things related to health, which are not given much attention, one of which is retinal disease. Retina disease can occur at any age. Due to a lack of awareness, these diseases are identified only when the symptoms become severe.
Diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) can damage or cause vision loss. If they are not treated at the right time.
News Patiala:26th September 2022
AMD affects central vision and is more common in older people. DR causes permanent blindness or vision loss in diabetic patients by damaging the blood vessels of the retina.
Dr. Mahipal Sachdev, Senior Consultant, Chairman, and Medical Director, Professor, Ophthalmology, says, “When it comes to retinal health, it is important to include preventive measures right from the start. People over the age of 50 should have regular dilated blood tests. One can look at the Amsler grid. It is a pattern of straight lines that is like a check to check your vision. If the lines seem wavy to you or some of them are missing, this could be a sign of muscle damage. Risk factors associated with ARMD are increasing age, genetic factors, and smoking. In the case of diabetic retinopathy, blood glucose and blood pressure levels should be controlled to prevent the progression of the disease.
Remedies for retinal health
Vision loss with aging is not a common problem and can be well managed. Stomach diseases can be avoided with a healthy diet, lifestyle, and regular check-ups.
Be aware of eye-related diseases
Be aware of the diseases that can affect you and how they can be prevented. If you suffer from chronic disease, talk to your doctor to find out if it could be affecting your retina and how it can be best managed to prevent damage.
Get your eyes checked periodically
Get regular eye exams. This can help prevent or detect the disease in its early stages so you can take better care of it and prevent vision loss.
Follow the treatment
Only a specialist can determine whether you need eye drops to keep hydrated or laser therapy for advanced AMD. For better results, consult a doctor and follow the prescribed treatment.
Eat a balanced diet
Foods like spinach, bananas, and eggs can reduce your risk of chronic eye diseases. Vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables, may slow the progression of age-related vision loss. Omega-3 fatty acids from sources like flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, and fish are important for the proper functioning of your retina, which sends visual messages to your brain.
Your best chance to prevent vision loss or blindness is to be aware of and protect your vision. If you have a family history of chronic diseases or are prone to diseases, get your eyes checked.