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Eat Right for your Eye Health!

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), sponsored by the National Eye Institute, concluded in 2011. The results from this study showed taking a dietary supplement of vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, along with zinc, lowered the risk of macular degeneration progressing to the advanced stages by about 25 percent.


The AREDS was developed to learn more about the natural history and risk factors of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataract and to determine if high doses of antioxidants and zinc have any effect on the progression of AMD and cataract. Results from the AREDS showed that high levels of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced AMD and its associated vision loss (no significant effect on the development or progression of cataract was found). The AREDS formula helps protect the central vision needed daily activities such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces.

Additional Research

In 2006, The National Eye Institute initiated the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) to determine if a modified combination of vitamins, minerals, and fish oil can further slow the progression of vision loss from AMD. AREDS 2 concluded in 2011 and reported that adding certain antioxidants to the original formula established in the initial AREDS does not provide any extra benefit to the patient. Click here to learn more about AREDS and AREDS 2.

Other studies targeting women's health have been conducted to determine the effect eating fish and vitamin D-rich foods have against preventing AMD. For more information on these additional studies, click the following link to the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

For additional information related to the AREDS2 investigating the effects of alternatives to betacarotene and the addition of omega-3 fatty acids:

Treatment for Macular Degeneration

Dr. David Westrich and Dr. Tatyana Metelitsina specialize in treatment of AMD. If you or a loved one is battling this disease, schedule a comprehensive dilated exam with Eye Care Specialists at 573-335-3577.

Always consult with your doctor before starting a dietary supplement regimen. However, if you are interested in reviewing the dietary supplement recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) before your exam, click the link below: