Brand Manager, Zeon Healthcare
Figures reveal that nearly 1.5 million people in the UK are affected by macular disease, the nation’s biggest cause of sight loss.
It is all too easy to take good vision for granted. As we grow older our eye health can become under increasing pressure and in particular the macula.
Layers of protection
Lutein and zeaxanthin are important nutrient that the body naturally deposits in the macula, to create a protective layer known as macular pigment. Lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that work like internal sunglasses, protecting the macula from the damaging effects of blue light and oxidative stress.
What is age-related macular degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye disease that affects the macula. It is responsible for central vision and allows you to see detail. It does not cause total blindness, but it makes everyday tasks such as reading, watching TV, driving or using computers more difficult. Research reveals that people as young as 37 years of age are being diagnosed with AMD.
There is no cure for AMD. While there is medical treatment for wet AMD, there is currently none for dry AMD.
The macula pigment comprises of three carotenoids, lutein, meso-zeaxanthin and zeaxanthin. The body does not produce lutein and zeaxanthin. The macular pigment can therefore become severely depleted in those with a poor diet lacking in the right foods. Hence, why it could be advantageous to use supplementations to help assist.
Treatment for AMD
Experts recommend early diagnosis to help manage the disease. There is no cure for AMD. While there is medical treatment for wet AMD, there is currently none for dry AMD. However, experts recommend taking eye health supplements.