Macular degeneration—also referred to as age-related macular degeneration, ARMD, or AMD—is a degenerative disease which affects a part of the retina called the macula. According to The National Eye Institute, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older.
Dry macular degeneration affects 80-90% of people with AMD, according to American Foundation for the Blind. It is a slowly progressing disease. In 10% of AMD cases, the disease will advance to wet macular degeneration—when there is abnormal growth of the blood vessels under the retina—this type of AMD progresses quickly.
Symptoms of macular degeneration include blurry central vision; visual distortions; difficulty with contrast; difficulty adapting to low light levels; the decreased intensity of colors; and difficulty reading or recognizing people.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with macular degeneration? The following methods have been shown to slow progression of the disease and to treat symptoms. Though at this time there are no ways to reverse macular degeneration damage
1. Nutritional supplements
Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) found that a certain formulation of nutritional supplements called Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) formulation can reduce the risk of developing AMD or slow down the development of AMD.
The formulation includes vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and copper.
If you have dry macular degeneration supplements may slow the development of the disease.