Shielding Your Vision: Protecting Your Eyes from Low Autumn Sunlight with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Autumn's picturesque landscapes are a delight to behold, but for those living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the season's lower sunlight can pose unique challenges. AMD is a progressive eye condition that affects the macula, leading to central vision loss. Protecting your eyes from excessive sunlight becomes even more critical when dealing with AMD. In this article, we will discuss the significance of safeguarding your vision during autumn and offer practical tips on how to do so.
Understanding the Impact of Sunlight on AMD
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, even in lower autumn sunlight, can contribute to the progression of AMD. UV rays promote oxidative stress, potentially accelerating the damage to the macula. Proper eye protection is essential to help slow down the disease's advancement and maintain optimal eye health.
Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Low Autumn Sunlight with AMD
Wear UV-Blocking Sunglasses
Invest in quality sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. Look for sunglasses with a high Eye Protection Factor (EPF) rating. Tinted or polarised lenses can also help reduce glare, improving your overall comfort. We also suggest choosing glasses that have a European CE mark or British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013.
Choose Sunglasses with Wraparound Frames
Opt for sunglasses with wraparound frames to minimise the entry of peripheral sunlight. These styles offer additional coverage and safeguard your eyes from indirect UV exposure.
Choose Blue Blocking Lenses
Blue blocking lenses are filters that protect the eyes from both the UV and the blue light that causes glare. Traditional sunglasses make things darker. Many people with macular disease find this reduces their level of vision, making it harder to see steps or other hazards.
Use a Wide-Brimmed Hat
Complement your sunglasses with a wide-brimmed hat to provide extra shade for your eyes. A hat with a brim extending beyond your eyebrows will effectively shield your eyes from overhead sunlight.
Employ Window Coverings
Inside your home, use curtains or blinds to block out excessive sunlight. Consider adding UV-protective window films or shades designed to reduce UV radiation, ensuring a comfortable and safe indoor environment.
General health tips
Manage Medications and Diet
Consult your eye specialist about medications and dietary supplements that may benefit your AMD management. For those living with or at risk of dry AMD, taking specially formulated supplements in line with the AREDS2 formulation have been proven to reduce the risk of developing AMD by 25%. OcuPlan will soon be launching discounted AREDS2 supplements form members of the Free Service
Regularly Monitor Your Condition From Home
We advise that all people living with AMD or with signs of AMD regularly monitor your vision from home. This can be done easily and quickly by using and Amsler grid. Read this blog to learn more about Amsler Grids, how to use them and what to look out for.
Regularly Monitor AMD Progression with eye care professionals
It is clinically advised that people living with AMD receive advice from their consultant ophthalmologist at least once every 12 months. We advise that you maintain a close relationship with your eye specialist, scheduling regular check-ups to monitor your AMD progression. Early detection and timely treatment adjustments can make a significant difference in preserving your vision.
Adequate hydration is vital for maintaining healthy eye pressure and overall eye health. Drinking enough water can help regulate your eye pressure, so make sure to stay well-hydrated, especially when exposed to the autumn sun.
Age-related macular degeneration can present unique challenges, particularly when it comes to protecting your eyes from low autumn sunlight. By following these tips and maintaining a proactive approach to your eye health, you can help to reduce the risks associated with UV exposure and slow down the progression of AMD. Keep in mind that your eye specialist is your partner in managing AMD, so stay committed to regular appointments and promptly communicate any concerns or changes in your vision. With the right precautions, you can enjoy the beauty of autumn while safeguarding your precious eyesight.
OcuPlan was created to provide care for those living with conditions such as AMD. Our cost effective consultant led care provides peace of mind that your sight is being monitored to help reduce the risk of sight loss. To find out how we may be able to help you, call our friendly support team on 0207 173 5200 or visit www.ocuplan.co.uk/amd