AMD is a disease of the retina that causes the eye's macula to gradually deteriorate—a significant national health problem requiring urgent attention. It is the number one cause of severe visual impairment and irreversible vision loss among senior citizens in the United States. According to the Clinical Center of Innovation for AMD, about 18 million Americans, including 80% of people over the age of 80, have AMD. Due to the rapid aging of the U.S. population, this number is expected to increase significantly by the year 2050.
AMD typically strikes adults in their fifties or sixties, and progresses painlessly, gradually destroying the central vision. By 2020, the number of people who are legally blind in both eyes is expected to rise 41%.
"A smart dietary lifestyle that anyone can adopt helps prevent the irreversible disease of age-related macular degeneration from taking hold or, at a minimum, slows progression," Dr. Csaky said. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Csaky is one of the few clinician scientists in the country who both treats patients with AMD and performs clinical and laboratory research on the disease.
"Mediterranean diets, including fish, fruit, nuts, and dark, leafy greens, contain the minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that keep eyesight sharp and resistive to the onset of AMD," said Dr. Csaky, citing recent studies.
Established in 1975, the Retina Foundation of the Southwest is the nation's leading eye research center whose mission is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment.
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