There is growing evidence that Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) can be delayed and treated using certain vitamins. There are some Age Related Macular Degeneration vitamins that seem to be working quite well for many people. Active ingredients such as vitamins A, C, E, zinc and copper seem to be beneficial is slowing the progression of ARMD. Antioxidants that contain zinc and other essential vitamins have helped many older ARMD patients. Some recommendations are that people who have a family history of the disease also take the vitamin supplements.
The disease usually progresses slowly through several stages. At first, iv vitamin therapy long island there is no indication that a person has ARMD. Then, early signs of the disease such as small drusen (or yellow deposits) found behind the macula near the retina begin to appear. Stage 3 intermediate ARMD occurs and more areas of drusen are found along with central vision loss. In the final stage, advanced ARMD, there is significant damage to at least one eye and vision is drastically impaired.
Some eye care specialists are recommending very high dosages of certain vitamins to combat the disease when it is in the wet (or advanced) stage and for people who have extensive dry ARMD. When only one eye is compromised by the disease, there is some belief that using vitamin therapy along with other treatments will decrease the blood vessel leakage in the unaffected eye. Vitamin therapy does not appear to be as effective during the early stages of the disease however.
Any person who is at high risk for developing the advanced form of the disease will probably benefit from taking high doses of multivitamins. People at high risk include those who are over the age of 50 and have a family history of ARMD. Also, females and people of the Caucasian race are more likely to develop the disease. Smokers and people with high blood pressure tend to develop the disease also because of their lifestyle.