Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment
Age-related Macular Degeneration is a painless condition affecting the eye, which causes a loss of central vision. In other words what you see right in front of you gets more and more blurry, but the edges of your vision look normal. As well as getting blank spots you can also get distortion of the image too. In fact an artist called Lee Allen wrote a book about his own experiences which summed it up perfectly: A Hole in my Vision.
There are two types of Age-related Macular Degeneration or AMD. ‘Dry’ AMD and ‘Wet’ AMD.
The Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment
People who develop dry macular degeneration must carefully and constantly monitor their central vision, because many people with Dry AMD go on to develop the Wet form.
There is no specific treatment for Dry AMD although some studies (The Age-Related Eye Disease Study, AREDS) have shown that taking high-doses of certain vitamins and Zinc slowed down vision loss in people with intermediate or advanced AMD.
Another study (‘AREDS II’) is looking at the effects of other vitamins (including Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are found in the Macula) on people with AMD.
The supplements that are thought to help are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Zinc oxide
- Cupric oxide
Certain foods contain higher levels of these compounds, foods such as:
- Kiwi fruit
- Carrots (Yes, they really are good for your eyes!)
- Leafy green vegetables