10 Sep 2019

AMD - Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a problem with the retina. It happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD people lose their central vision.

Patients cannot see fine details, whether they are looking at something close or far. But the peripheral (side) vision will still be normal. For instance, imagine looking at a clock with hands. With AMD, they might see the clock’s numbers but not the hands. AMD is thought to affect 1 in 10 people over the age of 55.

Over 60,000 Irish people suffer from this condition in Ireland today. Risk factors for AMD include overweight and obese people, family history of AMD, aged over 55, a diet high in saturated fats, diabetics and smokers.

Right now, there is no way to treat the dry form of AMD.

However, people with lots of drusen (yellow deposits on the retina) or serious vision loss might benefit from taking a certain combination of nutritional supplements. A large study found those people may slow their dry AMD by taking these vitamins and minerals daily. We recommend Macushield, Macushield gold, Ocuvite Lutein Forte, and Lutein Omega 3 to support your eye health.

Macushield

Macushield contains lutein (10mg), zeaxanthin (2mg) and meso-zeaxanthin (10mg). Macushield is a food supplement which combines all three macula carotenoids in a formula developed in collaboration with leading eye health experts. Carotenoids, the colourful plant pigments some of which the body can turn into vitamin A, are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease, and act to enhance your immune response to infections. These precursors to vitamin A are sometimes called provitamin A. It has been shown that these antioxidants play a very important role in maintaining good eye health and prevent macular degeneration.

Benefits of Macushield:

  • Once daily dose

  • Protect the eye against light which can lead to degeneration

  • Acts as a filter for harmful blue light energy

  • Provides eyes with an optimal level of ocular pigment

  • Acts as an antioxidant to absorb harmful molecules and free radicals

Macushield Gold

Macushield Gold has some extra ingredients in the form of vitamins and minerals to support eye health. MacuShield Gold combines three macular carotenoids in a unique formula containing meso-zeaxanthin. It contains zinc to help maintain normal vision and copper, vitamin C and a natural form of vitamin E to help protect cells from oxidative stress to maintain eye health.

Ocuvite Lutein Forte

This product can help you to supplement the diet appropriately with vitamins, minerals and carotenoids to meet the specific needs of the body, especially the eyes. It can be taken as a companion product to existing vitamin/mineral supplements or as part of a multiple daily dose regimen to maximise daily lutein intake. It contains Vitamins C, E, Zinc, Selenium, Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Lutein Omega 3

Lutein Omega 3 is a nutritional supplement which offers a preventative therapy for dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Several studies suggest omega-3 fatty acids may help protect adult eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. Essential fatty acids also may help proper drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye, decreasing the risk of high eye pressure and glaucoma. It contains Lutein, Vitamin C and E, Copper, Zinc, Omega 3. It is a very cost-effective option and comes as a two-month pack.

Remember to get regular eye check-ups with your opticians if you suffer from ongoing eye problems. For all your other queries about eye health and supplements please call into one of our stores to discuss your questions with our trained staff and pharmacists.