Vitamins and Macular Degeneration

Over the past ten years, patients have been participating in a collaborative investigation involving fourteen different centers in the United States to try to answer this important question: Does vitamin supplementation decrease the risk of severe vision loss due to macular degeneration?

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This group, known as the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), found that taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc reduced the risk of developing wet macular degeneration by 25% and of developing severe vision loss by nearly 20%. Doses and vitamins used in the study are listed here: Vitamin C: 500 mg Zinc (oxide): 80 mg Vitamin E: 400 IU Copper (oxide): 2 mg Beta-carotene: 15 mg.

This group, known as the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), found that taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc reduced the risk of developing wet macular degeneration by 25% and of developing severe vision loss by nearly 20%. Doses and vitamins used in the study are listed here: Vitamin C: 500 mg Zinc (oxide): 80 mg Vitamin E: 400 IU Copper (oxide): 2 mg Beta-carotene: 15 mg.

In addition to the above vitamins and minerals, recent research suggests that lutein may be effective in reducing the progression of macular degeneration.

The optimal doses of lutein have not been established, but some researchers have recommended a dose of 6 mg per day.

It is recommended that you check with your internist before beginning these supplements. Vitamin supplements may conflict with certain other medications.

Also patients with certain illnesses may be intolerant of vitamins and minerals at these dosages. Patients who smoke or who have recently stopped smoking must also consult with their physician before starting these supplements.

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