If you are experiencing blurred or reduced vision, it is possible this is due to macular degeneration symptoms. Over the age of 50, twenty-five percent of individuals will begin to lose their eyesight from various causes, but most will be the victims of age-related macular degeneration or AMD.
The main cause seems to be poor nutrition. Most people today, especially the younger generations, follow a very inadequate and nutrient poor diet. Processed food that is short of antioxidants along with excess animal products are the main contributors. In addition to this, a recent study shows that frequent aspirin use, twice a week or more, also increases the risk of AMD.
Early signs of the Dry AMD may be blurred vision in the central part of the eye. This center may become fuzzy and/or shadowy and grows larger as the disease develops. There is usually more difficulty in seeing fine detail and color. Side vision is not usually affected.
Including the above signs, with Wet AMD you may find straight lines will waver. This condition is usually very severe and can occur rapidly. Some of the other signs of age-related AMD are:
Sometimes macular degeneration symptoms in age-related vision loss can be remedied, if it involves central vision impairment.
Of course, the best idea is prevention. Here again is the same formula for all of our major health problems.
If you have decided to follow a plant-based lifestyle, this will be the best things that you can do to keep your health into old age. Fruit and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants of every kind and probably a lot of nutrients that have yet to be discovered.
When I started on this new lifestyle in 1999 to get rid of prostate cancer, I was consuming 2 quarts of juice per day that included carrots, a Granny Smith apple, and celery. In addition to this I took a green barley grass powder. Barbara and I still take this green powder, a powerful alkaline food, every day along with a smaller amount of the juice recipe. This type of wonderful nutrition must be why at the age of 85 I am still able to drive without any restrictions. What else could it be?
This foundation has identified sources of lutein and zeaxanthin that are two important carotenoids to help maintain healthy eyes.
As you will see, kale has all the nutrients that help you maintain the proper levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. The following food chart link will show you the foods that contain these super important nutrients: Lutein & Zeaxanthin Concentration in Fruits & Vegetables.
The abundance of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals in live plants will give you a healthy immune system that will help save your macula. A whole food plant-based program cures a multitude of problems at the same time. Like they say "A rising tide lifts all boats!"
You don't have to take a handful of supplements if you eat right to prevent ADM. Do your research and just keep it simple. Eat real food and stay away from processed foods and consume very little animal products. Animal products can be used only if you are healthy and in very small amounts.
The modern day "diseases of affluence" of Western civilizations are caused by not paying attention to what we eat, drink and think. You can avoid macular degeneration symptoms with mostly a plant-based lifestyle. As Michael Pollan said, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."