Round-up from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015

Above: Downing College in Cambridge, UK (src:

Lloyd Snider, O.D. shares lecture topics and key takeaways from the Macular Carotenoids Conference held in Cambridge, UK July 8th-10, 2015. I’m just back and over my jet lag from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015, held at Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK. It was an amazing three-day event where the world’s best researchers gathered for a spirited discussion on… More →

Calcium Supplementation Linked to Higher Risk of Macular Degeneration in Older Population

A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has established a link between over consumption of calcium and a significantly increased risk of developing macular degeneration in the older population. Researchers from the University of California evaluated 3,191 people aged 40 and over who participated in a national health survey. The group consisted of 248 people who were previously diagnosed… More →

8 Ways to Prevent or Halt Macular Degeneration

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The classic proverb was coined by Benjamin Franklin, who was obviously referencing the concept that it is easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has already been done. The notion rings true for many instances, particularly where eye disease is… More →

Causes, Treatments & Vision Rehabilitation: Lylas Mogk, M.D. Talks Macular Degeneration

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in the U. S. and in the entire western world. The macula is the tiny center of the retina that gives us our precise, detailed vision. AMD causes the macula to gradually thin and lose its ability to see, which creates a small blind spot in the center of vision. There are… More →

Be My Eyes App Helps Blind People ‘See’

Have you or a loved one ever struggled with reading the small print on a medication label or even distinguishing between a navy sweater and a black one? A new app called Be My Eyes is aiming to help the blind and visually impaired ‘see’ by connecting them with sighted strangers (helpers) who have also downloaded the app. The way… More →

A Recipe for Eye Health: Sweet Orange & Red Pepper Soup

Fresh Whole Red And Orange Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, who knew they were so darn good for us? Lutein and Zeaxanthin are naturally occurring pigments in many vegetables, and are also an integral component of Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD). The layer of the macula that is the outermost shield, and first line of defense from environmental and oxidative stress is comprised of pigments Lutein, Zeaxanthin (and… More →

Maximize Your Usable Vision

Many times when I am reading an article about macular degeneration, there will be a statement about blindness or becoming blind. Although there can be severe vision loss in advanced stages of AMD, it does not cause the total blackout that we think of when a person is truly blind. The vision changes occur in a very tiny spot in… More →

Sugar, Inflammation and Macular Degeneration

“You have Macular Degeneration.” It’s the terrifying four word phrase that millions of Americans have already heard and millions of others will hear during their lifetimes. Today, AMD blinds more Americans than cataracts and glaucoma combined. So why is this blinding disease so prevalent in today’s society? Modern research has found that internal inflammation, which is exacerbated by certain foods,… More →

Lutein: Important for Eye Health.. and Brain Function?

The link between carotenoids and eye health is no secret. In fact, some of the first reports of the correlation were reported by Dr. Johanna Seddon and her colleagues at Harvard University back in 1994. Yes, it was as much as 20 years ago that Dr. Seddon and her team initially established the link between intake of carotenoid rich foods… More →

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

Education is the very first and arguably the most important step in fighting Age-Related Macular Degeneration. That’s why February has been deemed National AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Throughout the entire month of February, AMD Blog will be assisting in the efforts to raise awareness about the leading cause of vision loss in those fifty and older. By working together, we… More →