One of the benefits of formulating macular degeneration supplements and being an eye physician who examines patients is that you can experience the fruits of your sleepless nights fretting about choosing the best natural ingredients that are based upon the latest scientific research.
And so it was on Wednesday afternoon when my patient with extensive macular degeneration presented for her biannual examination, and told me that her vision hadn't changed. Her regimen? VisiVite AREDS 2 Gold Formula and Nordic Naturals ProDHA Omega 3.
Everything was proceeding routinely. But my ophthalmic technicians and I were shocked when we reviewed her retinal photographs and compared it to those we had taken prior.
She had MANY FEWER DRUSEN. Granted, there were some pigmentary changes on the newest photographs. But POOF! Many of the large drusen had disappeared.
Because macular degeneration supplementation with AREDS 2 and other ingredients has not been shown to cause reversal of drusen, I can only presume that there was a temporary or inflammatory component to my patient's drusen. If you are thinking of duplicating her regimen, I must caution you that nutritional supplements, even those based on studies by the National Institutes of Health, are not considered drugs, and all are required to contain the following FDA disclaimer:
"These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."*
Paul Krawitz, M.D., President and CEO