AMD & Low Vision Awareness Month

Eat right for better sight!
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Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a devastating eye disease and a leading cause of vision loss in people 65 years or older in the United States.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.

Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. There are different kinds of macular problems, but the most common is known as AMD, or age-related macular degeneration.

Symptoms include:

  • Early AMD may be hardly noticeable, and may only occur in one eye
  • Words on a page may look blurred
  • It may be difficult to recognize people's faces
  • A dark or empty area may appear in the center of vision
  • Straight lines may look distorted

Nutritional Supplements

Although there is no cure for AMD, recent studies suggest eating foods rich in antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc, may reduce the impact of AMD in some people by slowing its progression toward the more advanced stages. Click here for more information about the AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) research sponsored by the National Eye Institute.

Always consult with your doctor before starting a dietary supplement regimen. However, if you are interested in reviewing the dietary supplement recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), click the link below:

Innovative Treatment

Dr. David Westrich and Dr. Tatyana Metelitsina are this area's only full-time retinal specialists. Both doctors are fellowship trained in retinal surgery and offer the most advanced treatment for macular degeneration. For more information about macular degeneration, visit the Retinal Services section of our website. To schedule a comprehensive dilated exam, call Eye Care Specialists at 573-335-3577.

If you or a loved one suffers from low vision due to macular degeneration or an other eye disease affecting your daily activities, Dr. Michael Katich can help! For more information, visit the Low Vision Services section of our website. To schedule a low vision evaluation, call Eye Care Specialists, at 573-335-3577.

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Treat your taste buds and your eyes with these delicious carrot bars! Studies have shown that a diet rich in antioxidants (such as betacarotene found in carrots) and zinc help prevent or slow the progression of macular degeneration. Click here for more information!

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Eye Exams

When was your child's last comprehensive eye exam?

Linn Mangano, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Mangano is now accepting new patients at our Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Carbondale, and Paducah locations, no referral necessary. Call our office today at 573-335-3577 or 800-455-EYES (3937) to schedule a comprehensive exam for your child!