The number of Americans with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) has been decreasing lately, despite what experts have warned for years. Researchers are unsure, but believe this is because of healthier lifestyles.
“The decreasing prevalence of ARMD may reflect recent changes in the frequency of smoking and other exposures such as diet, physical activity, and blood pressure associated with ARMD,” the researchers stated in their paper.
With increased life expectancy and an increase in the number of baby boomers, we’ve been expecting a rise in this potentially vision threatening disease.
The prevalence of ARMD among adults age 40 and older was an estimated 6.5 percent today, which represented a decrease by a whopping 30.8% compared to 1988-1994.
This is, of course, good news as ARMD is one of the nations leading causes of vision loss affecting millions of Americans. Macular Degeneration has a large genetic component so it’s important for you to try to find out your family history and get your eyes checked frequently.
The only management for the most common ‘dry’ form ARMD is certain nutritional suppliments, antioxidents and omega-3 fatty acids. This has only been shown to slow the progress of the disease.
For the more severe ‘wet’ form, anti-VEGF injections directly into the eye have shown some improvement in vision.