Macular Degeneration and Dietary Supplements
AREDS-2 Managing Macular Degeneration
The National Eye Institute’s Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that people with AMD who take certain vitamins and minerals can slow the disease’s progression. Those antioxidants include vitamins A and E, beta carotene, lutein, zinc and copper; they are sold over-the-counter in pill form as the AREDS formula. The researchers recently altered the mix by adding lutein and zeaxanthine and eliminating beta carotene. Called AREDS2, this formula is what Optometrist and Ophthalmologists often suggest now.