Everyone has heard of macular degeneration and knows that it is an age related condition. There are two types of macular degeneration (AMD) – dry and wet. Dry AMD is a slow progressive form in which many people maintain functional vision. However, if significant scar tissue develops, the loss of vision can be severe. Wet AMD is a rapid onset of vision loss due to bleeding into the macular area of the eye. Recently new medications are showing promise in treating Wet AMD.
There is no cure for either of these conditions but we can hopefully slow the process down by practicing macular protection, good nutritional habits, and supplementation.
Patients who have macular degeneration or individuals with a family history of macular degeneration should follow these guidelines:
- Avoid vitamins with Zinc
- Take supplements of 10 mg Lutein, 10 mg Meso-Zeaxanthin, and 2 mg Zeaxanthin
- Control hypertension
- Stop smoking
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and fish
- Wear ultraviolet and blue light protection. Blue light radiation from the sun, LED lights, and electronic devices have a damaging effect on our maculas. Ask our opticians about recharge blocking technology.
Eating your way to a healthy macula is difficult for most of us. Supplementation is the best way to good macular health. MacuShield vitamins with the new recommended antioxidants are only available online.