Dr. Tabak is frequently asked about supplements to slow the progression of macular degeneration.
This Q&A appeared in the Chicago Tribune Health & Family section on 1/1/2020 and is very helpful.
“Q. I would like to know how to keep my macular degeneration from getting worse. Are they any supplements that can help? I strongly prefer a product that has a clinical trial to support it.
A. There have been two major clinical trials that demonstrated benefit from supplements to slow the progression of macular degeneration. These were termed AREDS and AREDS2 (JAMA, May 15, 2013; Advances in Nutrition, January, 2017). The AREDS formula contains Vitamin C (500 mg), Vitamin E (400 IU), zinc (80 mg) and copper (2 mg). AREDS2 discovered that switching out beta-carotene for lutein and zeaxanthin worked just as well and was safer for smokers.
You should be able to find a supplement that is based on the AREDS2 formula. It will tell you so on the label.
You may also want to make sure you get plenty of antioxidants in your diet by eating berries, dark leafy vegetables, corn, and avocado.”
Two risk factors you cannot control in developing AMD (age-related macular degeneration) are age and family history. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam that screened for signs of AMD?