Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

What Exactly Is Age Related Macular Degeneration?

The retina is a part of the eye, it is the macula, the part of the eye that is responsible for the central vision of the eyes. AMD, also known as Age Related Macular Degeneration is a disease which occurs within the macular, and it is a condition that affects our eyes ability to see near and far.

This condition makes certain things like reading and threading a sewing needle to be difficult to perform, for some, these tasks may even be impossible to perform.

Age related macular degeneration is the number one cause of those over the age of fifty getting severe vision and loss of vision in those who has past the age of fifty.

Can Age Related Macular Degeneration Be Affected By Vitamins And Minerals?

A study showed that those with the age related macular degeneration condition who were given a dietary supplement consisting of the combination of lutein, vitamin C & E, zeaxanthin, and zinc, had a twenty-five percent lower risk factor of progressing to the advance stages.

This exact treatment was given to those who didn’t have an age related macular degeneration condition as well, and their results were totally different than those who did have the condition.

The study used the following nutritional supplements to get their findings.

These are the nutritional supplements that has proved to be beneficial to the age related macular degeneration condition:

  • Vitamin E (400 IU)
  • Vitamin C (500 mg)
  • Zeaxanthin (2 mg)
  • Lutein (10 mg)
  • Copper Oxide (2 mg)
  • Zinc Oxide (80 mg)

The (2 mg) of Copper Oxide above was given to combat and prevent the loss of any copper associated with the Zinc.

It is recommended to take a specific amount of the vitamin supplement on a regular basis supplementing health, and ensuring a balanced diet.

Medical reasons may prevent some people from taking antioxidants and/or zinc. There has never been any evidence in a study to showing the treatment with vitamins and antioxidants combined with zinc to be toxic.

Another study shows that eating fruits and vegetables that are colorful such as yellow, orange, and dark leafy greens which have high levels o of lutein and zeaxanthin could quite possibly reduce the risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD).

Will Taking Antioxidant Vitamins Help Age Related Macular Degeneration?

Vitamin supplements will not bring back the vision that has already been lost to this condition. Although, taking vitamins supplement according to specific dosage amounts can be beneficial in maintaining the vision that is still there.

Speak with an ophthalmologist when there is any concerns about being at risk for the advanced age related macular degeneration, and for developing the advanced age related macular degeneration.