Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin Across the Lifespan

The idea that a select few dietary nutrients could serve functions as varied as normal brain development, eye protection, skin protection, cardiovascular health, reaction time improvement, cognitive function enhancement, and age-related disease prevention at first seems preposterous. Indeed, any reasonable person approached with such a claim should be highly skeptical, and ask for the evidence. In the following [article], I… More →

Round-up from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015

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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 →

Could Your Eye Vitamins be Making Macular Degeneration Worse?

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‘Could your eye vitamins be making macular degeneration worse?’ The alarming (yet intriguing) notion was recently discussed by Canadian optometrist, Richard Maharaj via his blog, Eyes on Eyes. In the article, Dr. Maharaj reviews some of the recent findings surrounding the important role of genetics in prescribing nutritional eye supplements. Maharaj refers to the recent scientific research of Dr. Carl Awh et… 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 →

Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Macular Degeneration Progression Rate in the Other

A new study has determined that the level of age-related macular degeneration in one eye is strongly associated with the risk of developing the disease and its progression rate in the other eye. A research team from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, gathered and analyzed data from over 4,000 subjects. The results of the study… More →

Is Obesity Associated with Macular Degeneration?

It is common knowledge that being overweight can be detrimental to one’s health and well-being. Having extra pounds (particularly around the abdomen) notoriously puts individuals at a higher risk for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. However, it is a lesser known fact that obesity can increase one’s risk of vision loss from conditions like macular degeneration.… More →

Diagnosed with Macular Degeneration? 7 Questions to Ask your Doctor

It goes without saying; all patients have a distinctive medical history. Upon being diagnosed with macular degeneration, it’s important to remember that your health history and individual condition often differs immensely from the next person. Thus, it’s absolutely essential to discuss your personal risk factors, experience with macular degeneration and keep an open rapport with your doctor.   The following… More →

Smoking Related to Risk and Progression of Macular Degeneration

For years, cigarette packets have displayed ominous illustrations of black lungs, rotten teeth and other equally disturbing images on their labels as a way to warn consumers about the health risks associated with smoking. And while today it is common knowledge that smoking causes respiratory illnesses like emphysema and lung cancer; it seems society is somewhat under informed about the… More →

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: FAQ

Your most common questions about age-related macular degeneration, answered!: Who’s the most at risk for AMD? Those over the age of 65 are at an automatic increased risk for macular degeneration. Those who smoke, are Caucasian, or have a family member with macular degeneration also have a greater risk for the disease. How do I know if I have AMD?… More →