Macular degeneration, or AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration), continues to be one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States.  At Eye Care Associates Of New Hampton, we’ve been diagnosing and treating AMD for over forty years.  The way we deal with this disease has changed dramatically during that time.  That’s because new technology and new studies continue to give us valuable information that’s critical for managing it.

In this blog post you will learn about two things that the vast majority of people do not know:

  1. Taking the wrong supplement CAN MAKE MACULAR DEGENERATION MUCH WORSE
  2. Taking the right supplement with a new formulation can help stabilize or improve AMD

There are two types of macular degeneration, dry and wet.  The dry form is the most common.  If you look at the photo above, you will see small white areas in the retina called drusen.  This is what dry AMD typically looks like and as the disease progresses, we see more drusen.  Vision gets slowly worse as these lipid deposits affect the performance of our retina’s macular cells.

Wet macular degeneration, however, will cause rapid vision deterioration!  In this form of the disease, fluid leaks between the macular cells that have been weakened by the drusen.  This fluid causes retinal swelling and severe vision loss if not diagnosed quickly.   Wet AMD is treated by injecting drugs into the eye that dry up the fluid.  This needs to be done quickly because vision that has already been lost cannot be restored.

Our primary goal when treating dry AMD is to prevent it from becoming the wet form!

There are many macular degeneration supplements on the market based on the AREDS studies which were started back in the 90s.  These supplements have a very high dose of zinc – 80 milligrams.

*** New studies done as recently as 2018 and 2019 show that dry AMD patients with a certain genetic profile are three times more likely to progress to wet AMD if they take supplements with high doses of zinc!  If you take an AREDS supplement, you’re taking a significant risk with your vision.

We do not use supplements with zinc at Eye Care Associates Of New Hampton.  Our first priority when treating our patients is to DO NO HARM!  However – we do use supplements that have been proven to help our dry AMD patients.

Recent studies conducted in Europe show remarkable results in preventing, stabilizing, and even improving dry macular degeneration with a brand new supplement formulation – AND –

We are one of the first offices to have access to this new supplement!

It’s called MacuHealth DM.  We have “studied the studies” and believe that MacuHealth DM will be truly beneficial for our dry macular degeneration patients and anyone with a desire to prevent AMD.

Dr Eiler and I are so impressed with this new supplement,  that we take it ourselves and are writing an eBook on the benefits it provides.  MacuHealth DM actually has the potential to make drusen spots disappear and dramatically reduce the chance of getting wet AMD – the bad kind!

Here is the unique formulation contained in MacuHealth DM.  You won’t find this anywhere else!

Meso-Zeaxanthin 10mg
Zeaxanthin 2mg
Lutein 10mg
Omega-3 DHA 500mg
Omega-3 EPA 150mg
Natural Vitamin E 15mg

The Omega 3s are in the triglyceride form which makes everything much more absorbable. If you would like more information or wish to see the studies this post was based on, feel free to contact us.

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