It is now widely proven by leading research publications that ingestion of healthy nutrients are critical in maintaining the health and function of the body’s organs and tissues. IALVS doctors have advanced post-graduate training in nutrition and can advise you regarding the best nutritional supplements for your specific condition and optimum ocular and retinal health.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease that currently affects approximately 15 million people and this number is expected to double by the year 2020. The National Institutes of Health has dedicated vast resources to study the causes and preventative measures possible to help manage AMD. Eye vitamins and nutritional supplements for eye health target the delicate macular tissues and provide compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) completed in 2001 and AREDS 2 completed in 2013 found that taking therapeutic levels of antioxidants, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More recent research has indicated thatVitamin D3, B-Complex, and Taurine are beneficial in not only halting the progression of AMD, but that these nutrients can reduce a person’s risk of developing AMD. Omega-3 fatty acids act as anti-inflammatory agents for many retinal diseases and eye conditions.
Nutritional supplements are also therapeutic in treating patients with diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt’s Disease (juvenile macular degeneration), dry eye syndrome, and decreased night vision.
Your IALVS doctor will customize a nutritional therapy plan based on your specific condition and needs.