Who Should Take MacuHealth Supplements for Eye Health?

dr kerry salsberg macuhealthAMDblog.org is pleased to introduce another featured guest in honour of AMD & low vision awareness month! Dr. Kerry Salsberg graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1994 and currently practices at Eyes on Sheppard in Toronto. Eyes on Sheppard has been specifically involved in ocular nutrition for many years and has recently established a research center dedicated to reducing AMD risk and enhancing visual performance.

AMDblog.org recently asked Dr. Salsberg some important questions pertaining to who should be taking MacuHealth supplements and why they are good candidates..

1)      How long have you been recommending MacuHealth to patients?

I was first introduced to Macuhealth several years ago at a lecture presented by Dr. Michael Tolentino.  Dr. Tolentino is a world-renowned retinal specialist/researcher on age-related macular degeneration (AMD).   Based on the science and case studies presented, I realized that the Macuhealth formulation was superior to anything on the market. Macuhealth is the only supplement available that contains all three macular antioxidants (Meso-Zeaxanthin, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin) in the ideal ratio for optimum health and enhanced visual performance. The goal of supplementation is to prevent at risk patients from developing AMD or slow-down or even reverse retinal damage for those suffering from AMD.

2)      How exactly does the macula change as we age?

The macula is a specialized area of the retina, responsible for central vision and color perception.  There are several processes that cause age-related changes in the macula.   The cumulative lifetime exposure to high energy blue-wavelength light and the natural metabolic processes that occur in this very active part of the retina, results in oxidative damage,  In simple terms, oxidation is akin to rusting.   Just as a car over time can show rust and corrosion, the eye too can show oxidative damage in the form of macular degeneration.   To prevent this damage, an ‘anti-rust’ formula such as Macuhealth which contains the most potent macular anti-oxidants will help slow down this process.   The macular pigments, Meso-Zeaxanthin, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin are designed to not only act as powerful anti-oxidants but also serve to effectively block damaging blue wavelenght light

3)      Who should take MacuHealth?

I recommend Macuhealth to patients who are at risk of developing AMD or those suffering from the disease.  The three undisputed risk factors for AMD include a positive family history of AMD, increasing age, and smoking .  Other environmental and lifestyle risk factors include exposure to high-energy blue light, pale complexion, poor dietary intake of carotenoids (anti-oxidants), obesity, and having low levels of macular pigment.  People that show early signs of macular degeneration will require Macuhealth for life to help slow down progression or stabilize the damage.  The ultimate goal of supplementation is to mitigate the risk of the developing AMD and the sooner the proper risk analysis/examination is undertaken the better the outcome.   Beyond AMD, we now know that increasing levels of macular pigment through diet or supplementation also positively impacts visual performance. Recent studies have demonstrated improved contrast sensitivity, reduced glare, and faster visual processing.  Patients who complain about driving difficulties or glare are often great candidates for Macuhealth.

4)      I eat a perfectly balanced diet. Why do I need MacuHealth?

The average western diet contains less than 2 mg/daily of macular carotenoids. To obtain the therapeutic levels of cartotenoids needed to have a protective effect on the retina,  a person would require a daily serving of several large bowls of kale or spinach.  For most people, this is just not possible.   Macuhealth offers a very safe and easy way to consume the optimal  levels of macular carotenoids.   One small pill daily provides 10mg of Mezo-Zeaxanthin, 10 mg of Lutein, and 2 mg of Zeaxanthin;  this formula was demonstrated in several research studies to have the greatest effect on macular pigment levels and visual performance measures.

5)      I’m genetically pre-disposed to AMD but have no symptoms yet. Should I take an eye supplement like Macuhealth anyway?

Absolutely. As stated earlier, boosting macular pigment levels (along with quitting smoking) is one of the best ways to decrease chances of developing AMD

6)      What’s the easiest way to obtain MacuHealth?

For convenience and to save on shipping costs, we offer our patients Macuhealth directly from our office.  Macuhealth is also available to our patients via phone order or online.

Thanks to Dr. Salsberg for providing AMDblog.org with such insightful, helpful answers to all of the above questions.

Do you have any more questions about MacuHealth that we didn’t answer? Comment below or tweet us @MacuHealth and let us know!

12 thoughts on “Who Should Take MacuHealth Supplements for Eye Health?

  1. Thanks for sharing such a valuable information regarding eye treatment with us. I got lot of knowledge here, i think it helps also others people too who are suffering from macular degeneration. You really did a wonderful job. thanks

    1. You’re most welcome. We feel it’s important to improve awareness of AMD across the globe. Glad you found Dr. Salsberg’s opinion helpful!

    1. Hi Donna. There are no contraindications with MacuHealth. VERY few people have any adverse reactions and the only way you might experience slight discomfort with MacuHealth is if you were allergic to Marigolds (Which very few individuals are). Please feel free to let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for reading.

    1. Hi Marie and thanks for reading our blog! The truth is, studies have found that fish oil is not particuclarly helpful in treating AMD. (See: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130513152403.htm) .. Studies have shown, however, that a combination of the three ocular carotenoids – Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin(The only one found exclusively in the macula) is the best formula for helping to improve and enhance macular pigment (which also helps to improve visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and glare recovery over time.) Of course, be sure to wear a quality pair of sunglasses when outdoors and exercise as regularly as possible while taking your MacuHealth to help slow AMD’s progression. Keep us updated on your progress.. Wishing you all the best!

    1. Hi Donna. Thanks for reading! MacuHealth is designed to improve and augment the Macular protective pigment, helping to fight and slow eye disease. Certain other vitamins and anti-oxidants can help protect from other conditions, but may not be necessary for preserving visual function and warding off AMD. Further, different people respond differently to particular vitamins and minerals. It is important to always consult with your doctor before taking a new supplement.

  2. I would like to get MacuHealth for my 83 year old step-dad who has been suffering with AMD for years and gets monthly injections in his eye. Can you tell me if this will be helpful for him. He feels that the injections are not helping him much.

    1. Hi Smuriel and thanks for coming to AMDBlog.org. Whether or not carotenoid supplementation would help your step-dad may depend on the stage of his condition. Typically, if one is receiving injections, he or she has likely progressed to wet AMD (late stage). Carotenoid supplementation is often more effective for the dry form of AMD — or, earlier on in the disease. I would recommend discussing the notion of nutritional supplementation with your step-dad’s physician. Thanks again for your question and please keep us updated on his progress.

  3. Hi, I will be turning 48 in 3 weeks. Went to eye doctor today and was told the lining of retina was too thin. Was ask to take MacuHealth with LMZ3. But reading up on AMD the age says 50. So this is the early stages? Why is it shouting up at age 47?

  4. I have wet AMD on my left eye, will Macu health help in slowing down progression and occurrence on my right eye? Is there any chance of getting AMD reversed? I have been taking Macuhealth for 3 mos now, will it be of help if I continue taking them?

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