Patient & Caregiver Educational Resources
Smoking is a risk factor for the development of AMD, and quitting smoking or never starting, is an important way to prevent AMD.
Having a healthy lifestyle and lowering cholesterol can help lower risk for AMD and also help prevent the dry form of the disease from progressing to the wet form, which can cause permanent vision loss.
The Age-Related Disease Studies (AREDS) found that having certain vitamins and minerals every day may slow the progression of the disease from the early or middle stages to the later stages. Specifically, combinations of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-carotene, Zinc, and Copper may reduce risk of late AMD by 25%.
Patient Toolkit Introduction
Welcome to the RELIEF Patient Toolkit, a resource center for patients who have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration. Better outcomes are achieved when patients are empowered to advocate for themselves and have the background knowledge to fully participate in treatment decisions. This toolkit provides links with information about current treatment options, advice and tips on living with age-related macular degeneration, and answers to frequently asked questions.