AMD Treatment Options

Treatment options for Wet AMD:

Wet macular degeneration only affects about 10% to 15% of people suffering from AMD.

The treatment options for wet macular are laser surgery, Photodynamic therapy, and injections.  All three of these macular degeneration treatment options are invasive procedures and must be performed by medical specialists.

Treatment options for Dry AMD:

Currently, there are no medical treatment options for people suffering from dry AMD.  However, the National Eye Institute’s AREDS (Age Related Eye Disease Study) found that taking high doses of zinc and antioxidants can slow the progression macular degeneration from intermediate to advanced stages.  The original AREDS formula consisted of beta-carotene, vitamin c, vitamin e, zinc, and copper.

Results from the completed AREDS 2 shows that replacing beta-carotene with lutein and zeaxanthin increase the effectiveness of vitamins and slows age related macular degeneration even more. They found that omega-3’s (fish oil) did not have an effect on slowing the eye disease. The new and improved AREDS 2 formula consists of vitamin c, vitamin e, zinc, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Preserve Mac Forte contains each of the 6 items recommended in AREDS 2, plus a proprietary blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants totaling 27 ingredients in all.

It is also recommended that you begin and maintain a vitamin supplement that contains the necessary antioxidants studied by the National Eye Institute that showed promise in slowing the progression of macular degeneration.

If you have dry AMD, then you should have a thorough eye examination from your eye care professional at least once a year to measure its progression.

Dry AMD can progress into Wet AMD and you should use an Amsler grid daily to evaluate the progression of your macular degeneration.

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