How to Develop Macular Degeneration?

by Anthony Carter on March 29, 2011


macular degenerationAlthough Macular Degeneration is closely associated with the aging process there are things you can do to increase your chances of developing the problem. This is the most common reason for vision problems and some of us will begin to notice the symptoms in our fifties. This condition will usually leave our peripheral vision intact, but we will find it hard to see anything in our central vision. If you are fed up of seeing faces then this is the eye disease you will want to develop.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Before we go on to explain how you can develop macular degeneration it will probably be a good idea to explain what it is we are talking about. After all, you don’t want to put a lot of effort into developing an eye problem if you don’t know what it is. There are actually two types of macular degeneration; wet and dry. Dry macular degeneration is the most common and this chronic condition involves the loss of sight slowly over many years. Wet dry macular degeneration is more serious because it quickly leads to loss of vision. We are not exactly sure what causes the macular to be damaged but this is where light sensitive cells are situated and we depend on these to see.

How to Develop Macular Degeneration

As we have mentioned already we are not sure about the exact process that leads to the problem. We do however know that there are certain lifestyle choices that seem to mean that macular degeneration is more likely to occur and that it will progress at a faster rate. Here are just some of the things you will want to do if you are serious about losing your eyesight.

  • It is believed that smokers are twice as likely to develop the problem so if you don’t already have the habit you might want to start. If you do already smoke then just keep puffing away and you can look forward to blurry vision in the future.
  • If you are overweight then this is another factor that has been linked to the development of the issue. Even more exciting is that piling on the pounds can mean you are more likely to develop wet macular degeneration; the more serious type which can quickly lead to blindness.
  • Lack of exercise is also associated with this condition so make sure you spend as much time as possible sitting around. It has also been shown that exercise will slow down the deterioration so if you want things to progress a bit faster you better keep still.
  • Diet is also important and you will want to avoid eating fruit and vegetables.
  • High cholesterol and high blood pressure are two other conditions linked to it.

As you can see there is a lot you can do to encourage macular degeneration. Of course, if you don’t really want to lose your vision you would be wise to do the opposite of what has been suggested here.

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