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Who Should Take Them?

People who are at high risk for developing advanced macular degeneration should consider taking the formulation of vitamins listed above. You are at high risk for developing advanced macular degeneration if you have either:
  • Advanced macular degeneration (dry or wet) in one eye but not the other eye.
Your eye care professional can tell you if you have macular degeneration, its stage, and your risk for developing the advanced form.
Macular degeneration vitamins are not a cure. They will not restore vision already lost from the disease. However, they may delay the onset of advanced macular degeneration. They may also help people who are at high risk for developing advanced macular degeneration keep their vision.

Vitamins for Early-Stage Dry Macular Degeneration

There is no apparent need for those diagnosed with early-stage dry macular degeneration to take vitamins for the condition. The study did not find that the specific vitamins for macular degeneration listed previously provided a benefit to those with the early stage of the disease.
If you have early-stage dry macular degeneration, a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year can help determine if the disease is progressing. If early-stage dry macular degeneration progresses to the intermediate stage, talk to your doctor about taking specific macular degeneration vitamins.

Vitamins Versus Diet

People have wondered: Can diet alone provide the same high levels of antioxidants and zinc as the formation of vitamins listed above? The answer is no. The high levels of vitamins and minerals are difficult to achieve from diet alone. However, previous studies have suggested that people who have diets rich in green, leafy vegetables have a lower risk of developing macular degeneration.
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