15.03.2011

AMD smoking and diet link "not well known"

AMD smoking and diet link "not well known"

By Adrian Galbreth

Age-related macular denegation, one of the most common causes of blindness on the planet, has been linked to leading an unhealthy life, but relatively few people are aware of this, a new study has found.

People who put their health at risk through smoking and following an unhealthy diet are also endangering their vision, but a new poll by the College of Optometrists has found that only 36 per cent of smokers knew they had a greater danger of developing AMD.

In addition, the survey found that only half the public were aware that following a healthy diet containing plenty of fruit and vegetables can significantly reduce their chances of developing the condition.

The college predicts that, by 2020, over 750,000 people in the UK will suffer from AMD, with almost half of this number expected to lose their sight that year as a result.

However, consultant ophthalmologist Tim Fulcher, from Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, recently said that better detection methods and more effective forms of treatment mean that sight loss in patients with glaucoma is at least being restricted. 

by Martin Burns


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