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Macular Degeneration Association
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The Macular Degeneration Association is a nonproft health organization providing awareness, information, education and empowerment to improve quality of life.
The Macular Degeneration Association is a nonproft health organization providing awareness, information, education and empowerment to improve quality of life.

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AMD Awareness and Educational Programs- the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) will be hosting unique macular degeneration awareness and educational programs throughout the country. 

These events are designed to give an overview of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including the progression of the disease and the dangers of vision loss as a result. The symposiums will also cover precautionary methods that may delay the onset of AMD and reduce retinal damage.

 Event attendees will learn the latest treatment advances evolving in the macular field. In addition you will hear from a patient that has macular degeneration, their journey and tips on handling this disease.

Exhibitors and featured event speakers will offer participants many opportunities to learn about the latest advances in macular degeneration research, precautionary methods,medications, treatments, and low vision therapies.

MDA’s awareness programs will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to interact with macular experts, local doctors, fellow patients and caregivers in an open forum.

To learn more about programs, to see where we're headed or to register please visit http://maculardegenerationassociation.org/events/

As always, please consult your eye care doctor or medical health professional before beginning a new treatment or healthcare regimen. We hope to meet you along our journey. Please not that we're always adding additional programs in various locations. Thank you for your continued support.

#AMD   #Awwareness   #MacularHope   #eyehealth   #maculardegeneration   #education  
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Do you know what your eyes say about your health?

#AMD   #Awareness   #MacularHope   #MacularDegeneration   #eyehealth   #vision  

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Eyefoods Recipe- Mediterranean Kale Salad

Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet:

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.

2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.

5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility

10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

Ingredients: 
4 cups raw kale, thoroughly washed and dried
4 green onions sliced finely
1 orange pepper, chopped
1⁄4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped 1⁄4 cup roasted pinenuts

Dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp honey or maple syrup 1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

1. Remove ribs from kale leaves.

2. Roughly chop kale into bite sized pieces (1-2 inches) and place into a large salad bowl.

3. Toss together all of the ingredients of the salad except for the pinenuts.

4. In a separate, small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients of the dressing. Drizzle over the salad and toss.

5. Cover and refrigerate for one hour or up to three hours.

6. Sprinkle with nuts and enjoy.

Serves 4

Eye Nutrients: Lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, fiber

For more information on Eyefoods or to make a bulk order of Eyefoods books to retail in your practice visit www.eyefoods.com

To learn more about nutrition, macular degeneration or our macular degeneration awareness and educational programs, please visit our website at http://www.maculardegenerationassociation.org As always please consult your eye care doctor or medical health professional before beginning a new treatment regimen. Thank you for your continued support.

#AMD   #Awareness   #eyehealth   #eyefoods   #MacularHope  
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New Study- A recent UAB cohort study assessed the possible association between motor vehicle collisions (MVC) and the presence and severity of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of irreversible vision impairment in older adults in many countries. 

Led by Gerald McGwin, Jr., PhD—professor and vice chair in the Department of Epidemiology with secondary appointments in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Surgery—the team merged samples from four previous studies and investigated the associations between MVC rate and older drivers with early, intermediate, or advanced AMD, as compared with drivers in normal eye health.

Findings indicate that MVC rate was highest among those in normal eye health. That rate progressively declined among subjects with early and intermediate AMD—rising from there only for those with advanced disease—but researchers noted that significantly lower rates were evident solely for drivers at the intermediate stage. These results suggest that older drivers with intermediate AMD have a reduced risk of collision involvement, although further research is required to determine if subject avoidance of challenging driving situations is a dominant factor.

The complete paper, “Examining the Association Between Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Motor Vehicle Collision Involvement: A Retrospective Cohort Study,” will be published in an upcoming issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

To learn more about macular degeneration, risk factors or our macular degeneration awareness and educational programs please visit our website at http://www.maculardegenerationassociation.org As always please consult your eye care doctor or medical health professional before beginning a new treatment regimen. Thank you for your continued support.

#AMD   #Awareness   #MacularHope   #Eyehealth   #Safety  
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Eye Tip-  Pupils enlarge at night, so any slight blur on the retina, the film of the eye, becomes exaggerated. Get a thorough eye examination to make sure that you are seeing clearly.

When driving, minimize glare by looking to the bottom right of the road, use the night setting on your rear-view mirror, and keep your car in tip-top night shape: clean headlights, tail lights, signal lights, and windows both inside and outside. Also, move your eye from the road to the dashboard and back again to avoid “highway hypnosis.”

To learn more about macular degeneration, eye tips and our awareness and educational programs please visit our website at http://www.maculardegenerationassociation.org As always, please consult your eye care doctor or medical health professional before beginning a new treatment or healthcare regimen. Thank you for your continued support.
#AMD   #Awareness   #MacularHope   #Eyehealth  #macular degeneration

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Happy National Blueberry Month!! 

An estimated 61 million American adults are at high risk for serious vision loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but only half of this group had an eye exam in the past year. 

Monitoring eye health is important for preventing serious vision problems, such as macular degeneration and cataracts, that increase with aging. Including foods in the diet that provide eye-supportive nutrients is important for preventing and treating vision loss. Blueberries provide several of these nutrients.

#AMD   #eyehealth   #maculardegeneration   #nutrition   #awareness  
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Inspiring story- remember to never let an impairment hinder your passion! #AMD   #Inspiration   #maculardegeneration   #courage  

‘We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.’ –Eleanor Roosevelt

#AMD   #maculardegeneration   #eyehealth   #Awareness   #Strength   #courage  

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Obesity & Macular Degeneration- People affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may find their condition is made worse by being overweight, according to US researchers.

Experts have failed to uncover why the macula – a spot at the centre of the retina – can degenerate as people get older. However, previous studies have identified a number of factors that can influence the progression of the condition, including smoking, a high-fat diet, and low levels of antioxidants.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School, wanted to further investigate a theory suggesting that reduced blood flow to the back of the retina could be to blame for AMD.

In order to explore reduced blood flow and its impact on the progression of AMD, the researchers looked at factors that can influence the likelihood of arteries becoming blocked, such as obesity and exercise.

They followed 261 patients, aged 60 or over, who showed some signs of AMD. The researchers monitored their progress for over four years, taking note of their weight, height, blood pressure, hip and waist measurements.

After analysing their results, they found that participants who were overweight or obese were more likely than thinner participants to have developed full-blown AMD by the end of the study. A larger waist-to-hip ratio was also associated with an increased risk of disease progression.

However, patients who exercised vigorously at least three times a week were 25% less likely to develop full-blown AMD by the end of the study.

AMD is a painless condition that can affect vision in the central part of the eye, although the peripheral usually remains unaffected. As a result, sufferers often find it difficult to focus on things directly in front of them. As the name suggests, it is usually related to ageing and most often occurs in those aged over 60.

To learn more about age-related macular degeneration, risk factors or our awareness initiative please visit our website at http://www.maculardegenerationassociation.org As always please consult your eye care professional or medical doctor before beginning a new treatment or healthcare regimen. Thank you for your continued support.
#AMD #maculardegeneration #eyehealth   #obesity  
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A healthy diet may improve your vision

by: JoAnn Alumbaugh

The number of people who need vision correction is increasing every year, and some physicians maintain that a healthy, balanced diet is the first step to better vision.

“Without maintaining a balanced, healthy diet, therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and vision therapies won’t be effective,” adds Dr. Edward Kondrot, an ophthalmologist and board-certified homeopathic physician. “A nutritional foundation is paramount.”

Kondrot is a proponent of organic raw foods, saying, “Raw foods have more beneficial free amino acids than cooked foods.”

Kondrot feels you should incorporate these five essential foods into your diet:
To read more please go to: http://www.thegrower.com/news/A-healthy-diet-may-improve-your-vision-214903661.html
#eyehealth   #AMD   #awareness   #nutrition  
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