Eyes Are for Life Quiz

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I am a smoker

​People who smoke are twice as likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). People who have a family history of AMD and smoke are up to 144 times more likely to develop the disease. If you have diabetes, smoking increases your risk of vision loss. Smoking is also a preventable risk factor for the development of cataracts.

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My eyes are light in colour – blue or green

​People with fairer skin and blue or green eyes have a higher risk of developing AMD and cataracts as a result of repeated exposure to ultra violet (UV) light from the sun. Take precautions to limit your exposure to the sun by wearing sunglasses with at least 99% UVA/UVB protection.

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I have a diet high in saturated fat with few leafy green vegetables and fish

​Your risk of both AMD and Diabetic Retinopathy can be reduced through good nutrition. Two or more weekly servings of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (tuna, sardines and salmon) lowers your AMD risk. Fresh fruits and dark leafy green vegetables may also help prevent AMD. Good nutrition can also help to control your blood sugar and thereby decrease the risk of diabetic retinopathy.

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I rarely or never wear sunglasses with good UV protection

​Protecting your eyes from sun exposure by wearing sunglasses is important any time of year, even in winter and on overcast days. Research indicates that there may be a link between sun exposure and the development of both AMD and cataracts. Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UVA/UVB protection.

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One of my parents or brothers or sisters has age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

​You are at a higher risk of developing AMD or glaucoma if one of your parents or brothers and sisters has either disease.

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