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If so, this action plan can help reduce your risk of AMD progression

by Bausch & Lomb  Paid Content

1. Monitor Your Vision Weekly

Keep an Amsler Grid handy at home to monitor your vision on a weekly basis. Many people secure it on their refrigerator for ease of use and serves as a daily reminder. (Get your Amsler Grid when you sign up for Joy of Sight.)

Contact your doctor if you notice any wavy or bent lines, different square sizes or shapes, or if any part of your vision is blurred, missing or discolored.

2. Ask Your Doctor

Monitoring your sight at home is important, but there are some signs and symptoms of AMD progression that can only be detected by a doctor. It’s important that you keep your regularly scheduled appointments.

To make the most of your eye exam appointments, talk to your doctor about a plan to help reduce the progression of AMD.

Ask your doctor questions, including:

  • Is my AMD progressing?
  • What type of AMD do I have?
  • Are both my eyes affected?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I should consider to help reduce my risk?
  • Is an AREDS 2 formula supplement right for me?

3. Take Your Supplements

The National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends an AREDS 2 formula supplement that is backed by 15 years of clinical studies and has been proven to help reduce the risk of AMD progression. Make sure that your vitamins say “AREDS 2 Formula” on the package and include the six clinically-proven nutrients in the specific amounts recommended by NEI:

  • Vitamin C (500 mg)
  • Vitamin E (400 IU)
  • Zinc (80 mg)
  • Copper (2 mg)
  • Lutein (10 mg)
  • Zeaxanthin (2 mg)

You are not alone and there is something you can do, starting today. Schedule your annual eye exam and ask your doctor if an AREDS 2 Formula supplement is right for you.

Your eyes are everything.