As we age many of us will develop macular degeneration. It is a sobering thought. Macular degeneration happens when the central part of the retina (the macula) begins to deteriorate and results in vision loss.The AMDF (American Macular Degeneration Federation) states the three main risk factors for MD: Genetics, Race (Caucasians are more likely to develop the disease than Hispanics/Latinos or African Americans), and smoking. Smoking actually doubles your risk. And although there is no treatment for this debilitating disease, there are certain things you can do to help slow its onslaught. Some opthamologists have been recommending certain supplements to patients to help prevent further deterioration. How helpful are these supplements?
Here are some supplements recommended by the American Macular Degeneration Federation:
Lutein- 6-10 mg.
Vitamin C 500 mg.
Vitamin E 200-400IU
Vitamin D3 1000- 2000mg
Zeaxanthin 2 mg.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 1000mg.
There seems to be a ray of hope in news that was mentioned in Life Extension Magazine. An article stated that George W. Rozakis, MD, a biomedical engineer who specializes in both laser surgery and lens implants, is presently working on a potential treatment for macular degeneration. Dr. Rozakis believes that restoring natural hormones that decline as we age, to their former status may work to both retard and reverse the onset of the disease.
There is continuing work and ongoing studies being conducted to provide help for the age-related macular degeneration sufferer. In the meantime we can help ourselves by protecting our eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays and by not smoking. High blood pressure has also been listed as a possible contributor.