There are many claims about vitamins improving eyesight and vision — especially in patients with AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration).
AMD occurs when the macula, a part of the retina, is damaged. This is somewhat common as individuals age (especially past the age of 40). Over time, AMD causes central vision loss and the ability to see fine details.
While a number of these vitamin claims are completely unfounded, a study called AREDS has found a legitimate link to improving the eyesight of AMD patients.
What is the AREDS?
The AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) is a major clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute. It was designed to learn more about the natural history and risk factors of AMD, and to evaluate the effect of high doses of vitamins to counteract the effects of the condition.
AREDS findings show promise for those with AMD
The AREDS showed that a specific vitamin combination was, in fact, beneficial to patients with moderate to severe AMD.
Winning Vitamin Formula for AMD Patients
The vitamin formula that’s been found to help patients keep their vision consists of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
See an Ophthalmologist to determine your AMD treatment options
People with AMD should see their Ophthalmologist or Eye M.D. regularly and follow the advice of their doctor when considering the use of any vitamins or supplements.
If you live in the central New Jersey area, contact Dr. Robert Scharfman to assess whether the use of a vitamin formula can help your AMD. Dr. Scharfman will also determine whether you have AMD, or are at greater risk for developing the condition.