Are Macular Supplements Right for Me?
Our optometry practice in Coatesville, PA cares deeply about your vision. In order to protect your vision, it is essential to have regular eye exams and change your prescription as needed when your vision changes with age. As a part of aging, another factor that can impact your vision is macular degeneration. Dr. John F Vilcheck JR OD wants you to know what this condition is and what can be done to slow its progression.
Some of our patients have found that utilizing macular supplements has given them an extended lease on their eyes. Let’s discuss whether macular supplements are something that you may want to consider.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration can occur when a part of the eye, called the macula, deteriorates with age. This impacts the retina, which is used to sense light. This condition typically does not result in the entire loss of sight, but you should check with an optometrist to properly diagnose and treat this condition.
How Can Macular Degeneration be Treated?
Macular supplements have been shown to slow the progression of this disease. In particular, there are a few macular supplements to consider, which can be combined into a daily multivitamin. These include Copper, Lutein, Vitamins C and E, Zeaxanthin, and Zinc. Lutein and Zeaxanthin, in particular, have been found to work well as supplements to be taken by those with macular degeneration.
Studies show that these supplements are connected with reduced degeneration, a relative reduction of up to 23 percent. A healthy diet is also a vital part of eye health. Specifically, consider foods such as whole wheat bread, kale, beef, and pork, among other food choices.
When Should I Consider Macular Supplements?
Consult with your optometrist to help you determine the best course of action to address macular degeneration. In particular, those over 55 or 60 years old may see vision loss as a result of macular degeneration, but the disease can impact younger people as well. This disease affects over ten million people in the United States so if you suspect that you may be one of them, contact your local optometrist.
Optometry Care in Coatesville
If you live in or around the Coatesville area and you would like an appointment with Dr. John F Vilcheck JR OD, call our office today at (610) 383-6449. We can help you understand the risks of this disease and suggest possible preventative measures to take to slow the progression of vision loss from macular degeneration.