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Drusen Eye Problem in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Learning about drusen, one of the common retina findings in macular degeneration, can help you understand this eye condition.

What are drusen?
Drusen are fatty deposits located under the retina and look like small yellow specks. They are made of cellular debris, minerals including calcium, and lipids. As you age, a few drusen typically form in the eye. A drusen eye problem occurs when a buildup of multiple drusen is present.

Types of Drusen
There are two types of drusen buildup in the retina: hard and soft. Hard drusen usually don’t present a problem and exist as small deposits in the eye. Soft drusen are larger than hard drusen and can raise the retinal pigment epithelium and Bruch’s Membrane. This can be one of the leading indicators of age related macular degeneration.

appearance of drusen in retina

Are drusen permanent?
Drusen are usually stable or increase in number and size. Less frequently, drusen have been known to suddenly disappear from the eye, as seen below. 

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VisiVite has developed several macular degeneration formulas to support eye health in people with macular degeneration. The best-selling VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula contains the same ingredients used in the Age Related Eye Disease Study combined with additional vitamins and minerals to help support normal eyesight. The ingredients include:

  • 15 mg FloraGLO Lutein from marigold petals
  • 4.75 mg OmniXan zeaxanthin from paprika
  • 20 mg Vitamin B6
  • 400 IU Vitamin E
  • 500 mg Vitamin C
  • 400 IU Vitamin E
  • 40 mg Zinc

Regular visits to your ophthalmologist or optometrist can help you to determine if you develop a drusen eye problem. 

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