Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic condition that causes central vision loss.
AMD affects millions of Americans:
- It's a leading cause of blindness in adults aged 60 and older
- It occurs when the macula—part of the retina that lets you see the color and fine detail—becomes damaged
- It's important to learn the symptoms of AMD now
- If you are experiencing symptoms of AMD, make an appointment to see Dr. Kramer or another eye doctor right away
- Early detection is key to avoiding vision loss
- Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 60 and older. Because people in this group are an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss from macular degeneration is a growing problem.
- AMD is degeneration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive. Because the macula primarily is affected in AMD, central vision loss may occur.
- About 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have advanced age-related macular degeneration with associated vision loss, with that number expected to grow to almost 3 million by 2020.*
- Wet and Dry Forms of Macular Degeneration
- Macular degeneration is diagnosed as either dry (non-neovascular) or wet (neovascular). Neovascular refers to growth of new blood vessels in an area, such as the macula, where they are not supposed to be.Macular degeneration mainly affects central vision, causing "blind spots" directly ahead.
- The dry form is more common than the wet form, with about 85 to 90 percent of AMD patients diagnosed with dry AMD. The wet form of the disease usually leads to more serious vision loss.
- Dry Macular Degeneration (non-neovascular). Dry AMD is an early stage of the disease and may result from the aging and thinning of macular tissues, depositing of pigment in the macula or a combination of the two processes.
- Dry macular degeneration is diagnosed when yellowish spots known as drusen begin to accumulate in and around the macula. It is believed these spots are deposits or debris from deteriorating tissue.
- Gradual central vision loss may occur with dry macular degeneration but usually is not nearly as severe as wet AMD symptoms. However, dry AMD through a period of years slowly can progress to late-stage geographic atrophy (GA) — gradual degradation of retinal cells that also can cause severe vision loss.
Blue Light / High Energy Visible Light Risks
Our exposure to Blue Light, or High-Energy-Visible Light (HEV) as it's also know, has increased alarmingly with the advent of energy efficient lighting, LED displays, smartphones, computer screens and other electronics. Light at this wavelength has been linked to accelerating the risk of Macular Degeneration, weight gain and sleep problems
Low Macular Pigment (MP) is a major risk factor for Macular Degeneration.
MacuHealth with LMZ3 is a patented nutritional supplement that contains all three components found in the Macula: Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin.
While you can obtain the first two through a balanced diet high on green leafy vegetables, Meso-Zeaxanthin, like Lutein and
Zeaxanthin are not found in sufficient amount in the diet thus the need for supplementation with Macuhealth with LMZ3. It is converted in the retina from ingested lutein. Macular
degeneration patients have 30% less meso-zeaxanthin and may have the inability to adequately produce the
required amount. Here's where MacuHealth with LMZ3 can help.
Recent studies have proven that meso-zeaxanthin, if taken in a supplement such as MacuHealth with LMZ3, effectively increases macular pigment levels and, in some cases, even restores macular pigment to normal levels.
What do Lutein and Zeaxanthin do?
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are dietary carotenoids (pigments) that filter damaging high energy blue wavelength light from the visible-light spectrum by as much as 90%. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are also antioxidants and therefore protect against the damage caused by harmful molecules that are produced through normal body processes, such as oxygen metabolism, these are called free radicals. Environmental sources of free radicals include cigarette smoke, air pollutants, radiation, certain drugs and environmental toxins.
Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are obtained through food and are found primarily in broccoli, corn, squash and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. Meso-Zeaxanthin is obtained by an enzyme conversion of Lutein to Meso-Zeaxanthin in the macula. It is not found in a typical diet.
Why is Meso-Zeaxanthin so vital?
Meso-Zeaxanthin, the most potent antioxidant of the three carotenoids, is only found in the center portion of the macula where vision is sharpest. Meso-Zeaxanthin is obtained converting ingested Lutein inside the retina and is not found in the diet. Most Macular Degeneration patients have 30% less Meso-Zeaxanthin in their macula* and show an inability to convert Lutein into Meso-Zeaxanthin. Supplementation with MacuHealth with LMZ3 will ensure that this crucial component of macular pigment accumulates in the target tissue (i.e. the central macula) in a way that is not dependent on an enzyme converting Lutein to Meso-Zeaxanthin.
* Vrabec T, Tantri A et al. Autosomal dominant Stargardt-like macular dystrophy: identification of a new family with a mutation in the ELOVL4 gene. Am J Ophthalmol. 2003;136(3):542-5