The early forms of this condition are called “dry” or atrophic macular degeneration. Although not usually rapidly progressive, it can cause severe vision loss. Some patients progress to “wet” or exudative macular degeneration, in which there is bleeding beneath the retina with rapidly progressive vision loss.
Research by the National Eye Institute demonstrated that high-dose nutritional supplementation with large quantities of antioxidants can slow the progression of macular degeneration. And more recent research has shown that large quantities of lutein and zeaxanthin can improve vision and the appearance of the retina in macular degeneration.*
Where Are These Supplements Available?
Three formulas from major pharmaceutical manufacturers exist which exactly duplicate the formula in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study. For information regarding the manufacturers and availability of these vitamins, CLICK HERE.
Will taking supplements prevent eye disease?
In the absence of any disease, there is no research published that shows that taking vitamins can prevent it. However, the AREDS study did show, if there was a disease in only one eye, that taking proper supplements prevented or slowed the progress of the disease in the opposite eye.
Which Supplements are Important?
In that study, specific ingredients and amounts were found to slow the progression of disease in those patients with intermediate or advanced disease. It is believed that these supplements contain specific anti-oxidants and Zinc that promote the continued health of the retina and tissues surrounding the retina.