AMDblog.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!