At Appleseed Eyecare, we are committed to helping patients with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) through laboratory and clinical research and by improving the lifestyle of patients who are currently afflicted with this disease.
Macular degeneration is a chronic, progressive disease that gradually destroys sharp central vision due to a deterioration of the macula, a tiny spot in the central portion of your retina comprised of millions of light-sensing cells. Because it is so commonly associated with aging, it is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
There are two forms of AMD called “dry,” most common and with no known treatment, and “wet,” less common and treated with laser procedures. Genetic testing, Macula Risk, is now available to help identify those most likely to develop “wet” macular degeneration.
In most cases, reversing damage caused by AMD is not possible, but supplements, protection from sunlight, eating a balanced diet and quitting smoking can reduce the risk and progression of macular degeneration.
Many diets tend to be deficient in many nutrients shown to support eye health, including Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and fatty acids. Without these nutrients, the density of the pigment in the macula area of the eye can deteriorate over time.
With this, scientists created the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) to develop a combination of supplements, that together, are able to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
If you suspect that you have macular degeneration or have a family history of the disease, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Yearly vision exams are vital to the early detection and management of ocular diseases.
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