There are a variety of ARMD over-the-counter medications that claim to reduce the chances of developing ARMD. Any scientific backing for any of these?
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@marioguye, The American Macular Degeneration Foundation has some information on their site that has some research based supplement information if you haven't already seen it.
— Recommended Supplements for Age-related Macular Degeneration: https://www.macular.org/care-and-treatment/reduce-your-risk/supplements
There's also this NIH study:
— NIH study confirms benefit of supplements for slowing age-related macular degeneration: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-study-confirms-benefit-supplements-slowing-age-related-macular-degeneration.
Have you discussed any of the supplements with your eye doctor?
I encourage you to do a search on this site for AMD and AREDS . A lot of us have posted about this and there is a lot of info in those posts. Doctors often prescribe Preservision AREDS2 (touted as an eye vitamin). But there is evidence that the studies claiming eye vitamins are effective is misleading. Also AREDS has made many of us sick. So if you decide to take it after reading up on it, be aware of the possible side effects, which can be quite serious.
The use of the AREDS2 supplement to slow the progression of dry AMD is well supported by two randomized clinical trials conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Thanks for all the info.
One further question. Most of the recommendations seem to be for people who are at risk for ARMD or early stages. What about general precaution protection use? In other words let's say you don't have it and don't have a family history but just to be on safe side want to take these types of medications – prevention. Are they going to reduce your chances of getting AMRD and what could be the possible bad side effects of taking them in this situation as for prevention only? Just out of pocket for no real gain or something more than being out of pocket? Thanks in advance for further responses.
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I’ve posted a link in the other AREDS thread that refutes the claim that AREDS2 slows the progression of AMD. We each have to educate ourselves and decide what is best for us. I came to the conclusion that the AREDS did nothing for my vision and only made me very sick, so I discontinued taking them. As a validation for my decision, both my optometrist and ophthalmologist independently found that my AMD was slightly improved SIX MONTHS after having stopped taking them. I didn’t even know it was possible to have an improvement. I don’t think they were making my AMD worse, I just don’t believe they were having any effect at all.
As I’ve said in several other posts, I don’t believe AREDS has any effect on AMD at all. And I’ve read that AREDS has no benefit for someone who doesn’t already have AMD. I don’t think that’s a claim they make anyway. It’s expensive to be taking when there is no reason to. Eating a healthy diet that includes all the nutrients and vitamins that our bodies/eyes need is the best preventative.
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