The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), conducted by the
U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), found that supplementing your diet with high
levels of vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, called
antioxidants, and the mineral zinc may help slow the
progress of advanced
age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and delay
vision loss if you already have moderate or severe AMD.
There is no evidence that the supplements are helpful if you do
not have AMD or only have a mild form of the disease.1
If you have intermediate AMD, or advanced AMD in one eye,
talk to your doctor about whether you may benefit from vitamin and
mineral supplements. Keep in mind that high doses of these supplements can
cause problems. So follow your doctor's recommendations carefully.
CitationsAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology (2008).
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Preferred Practice Pattern). San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology. Available
July 20, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Steven T. Charles, MD - Ophthalmology
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