Recent research uncovered that supplementing with antioxidants can help improve visual impairment in non-advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients,
The Central Retinal Enrichment Supplementation Trial 2 (CREST 2) included 121 patients randomized to receive the ARED 2 formula, which contains a variety of powerful antioxidants that can help improve vision.
There was a significant improvement in contrast sensitivity (CS). CS can adequately predict how well patients can see targets of daily life, which has large implications on overall quality of life.
The researchers also noted other improvements including BCVA, glare disability, retinal stray light, photostress recovery, and reading performance.
The authors concluded, “Eye care professionals should be aware of the observed visual benefits afforded to patients with nonadvanced AMD as a result of supplementation with macular carotenoids (and antioxidants) in the short, medium, and long terms, and the indication for recommending such supplements should no longer be limited to risk reduction for disease progression in the long term.”
Many of the antioxidants in the formula can be found in a variety of healthy foods. This is why it is so important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet to ensure you’re getting enough of these antioxidants and vitamins.
AMD does not have a cure, as it is related to the aging process. Healthy aging can help slow down the progression of AMD and preserve your vision for many more years.
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