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Macular Degeneration

Macular DegenerationAs a disease usually associated with aging, macular degeneration is also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), though there are other, less common types of macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration symptoms include a gradual loss of central vision needed to perform everyday tasks like driving or reading, and a reduced ability to see small visual details like fine print or patterns.
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over age 60, and presents itself in two forms: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. Of the two, the “dry” form is far more common. Both affect the center region of the retina, the light-sensitive area in the back of the eye responsible for processing images we see.

Macular Degeneration Statistics

Currently, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in persons over age 60. Caucasians are far more likely to lose vision from AMD than African Americans, and studies show that obesity, smoking, and exposure to UV rays may also be risk factors for developing the disease.
Macular degeneration tends to affect women more than men, and has also been linked to heredity. Nearly 90% of all diagnosed AMD is the dry form.

AdaptDx Pro May Help in the Diagnosis of AMD

AdaptDx

The AdaptDx Pro® test by MacuLogix® allows your eye doctor to measure dark adaptation speed, which may indicate the presence of AMD, up to three years earlier than other tests.

Your doctor may recommend you take the AdaptDx Pro test, if you:

  • Experience night vision problems
  • Are over age 50
  • Have a family history of AMD
  • Are Causasian (white)
  • Have other risk factors

The AdaptDx Pro measures the number of minutes it takes your vision to adjust to darkness, your dark adaptation speed. The result of the test is your Rod Intercept® (RI®). This single number provides your doctor with critical information to help determine if you have AMD. The test takes only about 10 minutes. You’ll wear a headset and press a button every time you see a flashing light. Your doctor will review the results with you.

Simple, Comfortable Experience

The test is very simple and comfortable. You’ll be coached by the friendly voice of Theia™, our on-board technician. Powered by artificial intelligence, Theia guides you through each step and lets you know how you are doing.

The lightweight headset conforms to your head. A padded liner and adjustable strap ensure your comfort throughout the test.

AMD Prevention Options (Amsler Grid and Specialized Vitamins)

Amsler Grid At-Home Testing

Amsler Grid

Print this Amsler-Grid and check each eye individually every day.

Specialized Eye Vitamins

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What's In Restore?
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Zeaxanthin
A superior photo-protectant and antioxidant primarily found in the central part of the macula.*
Lutein
An important photo-protectant found in the peripheral part of the macula that helps filter harmful blue light.*
Omega-3
Nutrients essential to the structure of cell membranes that promote eye, heart, and skin health. Omega-3 deficiency can impact eye and brain function.*
Vitamin C
An essential vitamin in iron absorption and the production of the glue that holds the cells in the eyes and brain together.*
Vitamin D
A vitamin that promotes aging eye health. Vitamin D3 deficiency is a risk factor to age-related eye health issues and is linked to poor immune, joint, and muscle health.*
Vitamin E
An essential vitamin that slows cellular aging and strengthens blood vessels.*
Zinc
An essential mineral important for metabolism and eye health.*
Mixed Tocopherols
Important for slowing cellular aging and strengthening blood vessels.*
Alpha Lipoic Acid
An antioxidant that works with Vitamins C and E to fight free radicals that can damage cell structure, impair the immune system, and may contribute to vision loss.*
Vitamins B6, B12, & Folate
Support eye health by reducing the levels of homocysteine, a protein associated with the progression of age-related eye health issues.*
CoQ10
Important for supporting mitochondrial and eye health. Defective mitochondria are the first indications of many health problems.*
Other Ingredients
Gelatin, glycerin, soy lecithin, safflower seed oil, yellow beeswax, purified water, sorbitol, canola oil, corn oil, annatto, titanium dioxide.Contains soy and fish (Alaska Pollock or Anchovy)

AMD Treatment Options

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What's In AREDS 2 Plus Multi-Vitamin?
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Vitamin A
Essential in eye surface health and helping tear production.*
Vitamin C
An essential vitamin in the production of the glue that holds the cells in the eyes and brain together.*
Vitamin K1
This vitamin helps activate the protein that clots blood.*
B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, Folic Acid)
An essential group of vitamins that help the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, and vision systems within the body. They are proven to help mitigate the effects of age-related eye health issues.*
Pantothenic Acid
This acid helps convert nutrients from food into energy.*
Vitamin D3
A vitamin that promotes eye health as we age. Deficiency of this vitamin is a risk factor for age-related eye health issues.*
Boron
This mineral supports strong bones and cognitive function.*
Omega–3s
An essential nutrient that promotes eye, heart and skin health. Deficiency in Omega–3 can impact eye and brain function.*
Zeaxanthin
The most critical nutrient needed for vision protection and improvement. Zeaxanthin acts as “internal sunglasses” for vision by protecting it from harmful blue light and other oxidants. This nutrient is scarce in the typical American diet.*
Lutein
This nutrient works with zeaxanthin in protecting and improving vision.*
Vitamin E
An essential vitamin that slows cellular aging and strengthens blood vessels.*
Magnesium
This mineral helps keep your cells healthy and functional.*
Selenium, Manganese, and Zinc
Essential minerals that bind naturally occurring antioxidant enzymes in the body.*
Alpha Lipoic Acid
An antioxidant found in dark, leafy greens, that works with vitamins C & E to maintain eye health.*
Chromium
This mineral promotes heart health and keeps blood sugar and high cholesterol at a healthy level.*
Molybdenum
This mineral helps metabolize fats and carbohydrates.*
Mixed Tocopherols
Essential in slowing cellular aging and strengthening blood vessels. In some cases, mixed tocopherols are even more effective than Vitamin E.*
Other Ingredients
Tablet: Microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, coating (hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, polyethylene glycol, vanillin, carnauba wax).Softgel: Gelatin, glycerin, purified water, annatto, maltitol, titanium dioxide.Yeast/gluten free. Contains soy & fish (cod, pollack, whiting).
  • Macular degeneration (also called AMD, ARMD, or age-related macular degeneration) is an age-related condition in which the most sensitive part of the retina, called the macula, starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear visual images. 
  • Dry macular degeneration symptoms include: consistent, slightly blurred vision within your central visual field. You may have difficulty in recognizing faces. And have a sudden need for more light while reading or working. The dry form of this disease gets progressively worse, over time. Wet macular degeneration symptoms include: a distortion of straight lines and an inability to focus properly on a single point within a grid. Wet macular degeneration is an advanced stage of the disease, and often results in blind spots and loss of centralized vision.
  • Macular degeneration symptoms vary based on the particular form of the disease (dry or wet), and the stage the disease at the time it is discovered.
  • There is as yet no outright cure for macular degeneration, but some treatments may delay its progression or even improve vision.

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