Because age-related macular degeneration can be such a visually and psychologically devastating disease, people who have family members with AMD are eager to determine if they can prevent it.
Our thinking has changed over the past few years, because of new research, with respect to preventive therapy for macular degeneration.
Formerly, we recommended a mild dose of supplement, such as half dose, in the hope that the person would obtain some benefit without having to unnecessarily treat themselves.
However, it is now known that the majority of AMD risk is inherited.
Rather than a simple yes-no answer, the risk ranges on the Macula Risk Test from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
Most people will not have access to this test, unless like Dr. Krawitz, they are among the limited number of centers worldwide offering this DNA analysis that requires a simple inner cheek swab.
In the absence of knowing your genetic vulnerability, we therefore recommend preventive therapy with a supplement that contains high dose Zinc, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and ROPUFA Omega-3 Fatty Acids, such as VisiVite's Premier Ocular Formula No. 2. This formula requires taking two gelcaps twice daily, for a total of four gelcaps per day.