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Vitamins & Macular Degeneration

By Francis D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D.

About Vitamins & Age Related Macular Degeneration
The National Eye Institute Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by about 25 percent. This major clinical trial closely followed about 3,600 participants with varying stages of AMD. The results showed that the AREDS formulation, while not a cure for AMD, may play a key role in helping people at high risk for developing advanced AMD keep their remaining vision. If you are at risk for developing AMD and we believe that you might benefit from vitamins with a very specific formulation, we will make specific recommendations for you to follow. If necessary we will first consult with your internist of family doctor to be sure that these vitamins are safe for your overall health.

Who Should Take the AREDS Formulation?
People who are at high risk for developing advanced AMD should consider taking the combination of nutrients used in the study. When you have your regular eye exam at D'Ambrosio Eye Care we will tell you if you have signs of AMD and are at risk for developing the advanced form of the disease. After you have a dilated eye exam in which drops are placed in your eyes we will perform a careful examination of the inside of the eye to look for signs of AMD. Before taking these high levels of vitamins and minerals, you should talk with your doctor about the risk of developing advanced AMD and whether taking the AREDS formulation is right for you.

The specific nutrient supplementation shown to be beneficial in the AREDS Study and helping to lower the risk of macular degeneration progressing to advanced stages includes:
•   Vitamin C- 500 mg
•   Vitamin E-400 IU
•   Lutein -10 mg
•   Zeaxanthin -2 mg
•   Zinc Oxide-80 mg
•   Copper-2 mg

It is very important to remember that vitamin supplements are not a cure for Macular Degeneration, or will they give you back vision that you may have already lost from the disease. However, specific amounts of these supplements do play a key role in helping some people at high risk for developing Wet AMD to maintain their vision, or slow down the progression of the disease.

If you or someone you know has questions about vitamins and age related macular degeneration (AMD) or needs a macular degeneration eye exam you should schedule a visit by calling D'Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937 to schedule a convenient appointment.