Drusen are small deposits of debris found within the retina.
Drusen can be either "hard" or "soft," and while both types need to be monitored, hard drusen don't usually cause vision problems.
Hard drusen have well-defined borders, are spaced apart, and are quite common as we age. Soft drusen are bigger than hard drusen and have indistinct borders and typically cluster together. Both hard and soft drusen should be monitored.
It is the soft drusen that are linked to dry age-related macular degeneration and they are the ones that damage the macula and cause a loss in the center field of vision. In addition, a different type of drusen can form on the optic nerve, resulting in some loss of peripheral vision.
Currently, there are no treatments for drusen but if you are diagnosed with soft drusen, your eye care professional may recommend that you take an AREDS 2 formulation.
VisiVite has several AREDS 2 options with VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold being our most popular formula for macular support.