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AMD Progression: Supplements that Can Slow It Down

Preparing for Cataract SurgerAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a serious eye disorder that affects the macula, the part of the retina that controls central vision. It’s a main cause of permanent vision loss among older adults and can make performing daily activities difficult. 

AMD presents itself in two forms, wet and dry.  It can be effectively treated using AREDS2 supplements. 

At York Eye Associates we are dedicated to diagnosing and treating macular degeneration and other eye conditions. 

The Difference Between Dry and Wet AMD

Age-related macular degeneration is an eye condition that occurs when the macula deteriorates. The macula, which is part of the retina, provides sharp and detailed central vision. When the macula is damaged, it makes daily activities like reading, driving, and watching TV difficult. 

AMD presents in two forms: dry and wet.

More than 9 out 10 cases of AMD are the dry form, which gradually causes the macula to become thinner and deteriorate over many years. Wet AMD is much more rare and severe, and can occur suddenly. New fragile blood vessels are formed at the macula, which then leaks and bleed, causing damage to the macula.

Although both lead to vision loss, wet AMD strikes much more quickly, as the sudden loss of visual acuity can occur. 

What Are the Advantages of Consuming AREDS2 Supplements for Macular Degeneration?

AREDS2 supplements include a specific formulation of copper, vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, and zeaxanthin. 

Multiple studies have shown that AREDS2 supplements slow the progression of macular degeneration in many patients, especially in those that already have the early stages of AMD. They can also decrease the risk of dry AMD transforming into a more severe wet form. If one eye is affected by AMD, AREDS2 can also help preserve the remaining vision in that eye and lower the risk of AMD in the other.

AREDS2 shouldn’t be seen as a cure for AMD. Other preventive measures like maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight, and seeing your eye doctor for regular comprehensive eye exams, are vital. Added to that, always consult with your eye doctor before starting any new supplement regimen.

Other Methods for Lowering the Risk of Macular Degeneration

Preventing AMD can be challenging, but you can take certain measures to decrease the risk of developing the condition. This includes maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and blood pressure, not smoking, wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, and eating a diet of foods that are high in lutein and zeaxanthin. These minerals can be found in nuts, leafy greens, and eggs, among other foods.  

Macular Degeneration Treatments with York Eye Associates

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with macular degeneration and want to learn whether you can benefit from taking AREDS2 supplements, contact York Eye Associates in Our practice serves patients from Gainesville, Sherman, Sanger, and Cooke County, Texas and surrounding communities. today. 

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