Age-related macular degeneration is an eye condition often referred to as AMD or macular degeneration. Affecting a tiny area located at the back of your eye called the macula; AMD is the most common cause of sight loss in people over the age of 50.
It is recommended that people living with AMD supplement with specific nutrients including vitamins C and E, zinc & copper, and lutein and zeaxanthin. This is based on two studies (AREDS1 and AREDS2) which were performed in the United States. The research showed that by taking certain vitamins and minerals, it can slow down the progression of AMD in people already showing signs of the condition.
There are many products containing these supplements available over the counter and we would always recommend you seek the advice of your eye doctor or pharmacist.
For informational purposes, we would like to notify our members that one such product called MacuShield has now been replaced by Macuprime in Ireland. This change was brought about because of the more advanced way with which the carotenoid ingredients are sourced.
The overall combination of ingredients remain the same as the former MacuShield product which was developed and tested by research performed in the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland at Waterford Institute of Technology, Moorfields Eye Hospital and the University of Alabama.
MIST is an Irish support group for those with loss of central vision. The next MIST meeting will be on 29th January at 11am to 1pm at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin.
For more information on AMD and what treatments are available please refer to our Guide to Age-related Macular Degeneration (PDF, opens in new tab)
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