“Age-related macular degeneration” (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in older adults, affects the part of the retina (macula) needed for detailed vision. Atrophic, or “dry,” AMD is characterized by yellow deposits known as “drusen” developing on the retina. As AMD advances to its intermediate stage, the drusen may enlarge enough to cause vision loss. Eventually dry AMD can progress to “wet” AMD, which develops when abnormal blood vessels form in the retina and leak fluid that damages the retina.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that taking high doses of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper over five years reduces the risk of progression. The revised AREDS2 vitamin combination replaced beta-carotene with lutein and zeaxanthin. If you have been diagnosed with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), ask our ophthalmologists if taking the AREDS2 vitamin/mineral formulation may prove helpful.
Schedule a comprehensive eye examination today at 732-349-5622 to test your eyes for signs of macular degeneration and to discuss treatment options to reduce the severity of your symptoms. At Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates, we are proud to care for patients at our offices in Marlboro, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat, New Jersey.