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EYESIGHT TREATMENTS - MACULAR DEGENERATION

 

Macular degeneration is where the center of the inner lining of the eye, known as the macula area of the retina, suffers thinning, atrophy, and in some cases bleeding.

This can result in loss of central vision, which entails inability to see fine details, to read, or to recognize faces. Macular degeneration is leading cause of central vision loss [blindness] and in the United States today for those over the age of fifty years.

More on Macular Degeneration

 

Preventing Macular Degeneration

There are three nutritional and drug regimes currently used to help prevent the onset of macular degeneration:

Homeopathic - a combination of high-dose beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc has been shown [The Age-Related-Study] to reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD by about 25 percent in those patients who have earlier but significant forms of the disease.

More recent studies [Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2] are looking at the potential benefits of lutein, zeaxanthine, and fish oil. No findings have been released to date.

Statins - drugs used for reducing cholesterol levels, are also proving to be effective in prevention of AMD, and in slowing its progression.

 

Treatments For Macular Degeneration

Eye drops and injections for wet [age-related] AMD are two recent and radical treatment protocols for macualar degeneration

Anecortave acetate [Retanne] - an anti-angiogenic drug injected behind the eye, reducing the risk of neovascular [wet] AMD in high-risk patients.

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