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Macular DegenerationVision is a complex process that occurs automatically with your eye. Your cornea (the clear outer most portion of your eye) is the first tissue involved in the visual process. It takes in the light which enters through your iris (the color portion of your eye), your pupil (the black hole or center of your iris), to the natural lens onto the central portion of the retina, called the macula. The macula is responsible for your clearest central vision. With macular degeneration, your sharp central vision is affected.

There are two types of macular degeneration; wet and dry.

Dry Macular Degeneration:

Your Middlesex Eye Physician ophthalmologist may notice changes in your macula such as yellowish deposits under your macula. If changes are noted, your ophthalmologist will monitor your macula by introducing you to a home test, called an Amsler Grid. Amsler grids help you, the patient, notice any subtle changes that may occur with your diagnosis. Your ophthalmologist may suggest a vitamin regimen (AREDS).

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Wet Macular Degeneration:

Wet macular degeneration is abnormal blood vessel growth under the macula that may leak blood and fluid. There are treatment options for macular degeneration that you can discuss with your ophthalmologist.

For the convenience of our patients, we now offer preservision eye vitamins, based on the AREDS study, which states that ARED vitamins will slow the progress of advanced macular degeneration.

What is the AREDS Study?

The study performed by the National Eye Institute took over 3,500 participants at varying degrees of their macular degeneration to study the effects of specific vitamins. The high levels of specific vitamins found in the Bausch and Lomb Lutein or Bausch and Lomb AREDS are said to lower the threat of developing advanced macular degeneration by approximately 25%.

Why are there two different types of vitamins?

The development of the two types of eye vitamins was due to the AREDS study. Patients who do not smoke are offered AREDS formula and patients that do smoke receive the Lutein formula. Please inform your Middlesex Eye Physician of your smoking history.

If you are diagnosed with macular degeneration, please see your ophthalmologists for follow-up care. Dilated exams and the use of your Amsler grid will closely monitor your disease. Only your ophthalmologist will know if you are a good candidate for eye vitamins. Recommendation on the use of the type of eye vitamins can only be determined by your Middlesex Eye Physicians ophthalmologist. AREDS can be purchased at our optical shop.