Research has shown that macular degeneration is affected by one's genetic makeup, age, and exposure to tobacco and ultraviolet light. More recent research has revealed the importance of nutrition and vitamin and mineral supplementation is probably helpful. Much more research information is expected in the future.
If you have signs of macular degeneration (including macular drusen), we recommend that you focus with a renewed effort to:
- Exercise to 70% of your maximum heart rate for 30 minutes 3-5 days a week
- Avoid tobacco
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Control your blood pressure
- Wear ultraviolet protective eyeglasses and sunglasses
- Eat a well-balanced diet with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables particularly rich in anti-oxidants, flavonoids and carotenoids (spinach, broccoli, cabbage, kale, collard greens, peas, squash, etc.).
Based on the most recent research, we recommend that you take a good multi-vitamin supplement daily. This has been recently proven to prevent vision loss by 25% over an 8-year study period. You can find them in pharmacies and health food stores and on the internet if youare careful to verify a reliable and reputable source. Your supplements need to include a daily intake of:
- 20 mg Lutein
- 1,000 mg Omega 3 Fish Oil (twice daily) *we recommend enteric coated omega 3
- 8,000-10,000 IU Vitamin A *If you smoke or have smoked in the past, consult with your ophthalmologist before taking high doses of Vitamin A
- 800-1,000 mg Vitamin C
- 400 IU Vitamin E
If you notice any new distortions, waviness or a break in straight lines, call our office immediately for an urgent examination. Depending on your condition and risk, we may give you an amsler grid to assist you in the daily check of your vision. Please use it regularly to discover the first signs of disease progression.