The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), conducted by the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), found that supplementing your diet with high levels of vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene, called antioxidants, and the mineral zinc may help slow the progress of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and delay vision loss if you already have moderate or severe AMD. There is no evidence that the supplements are helpful if you do not have AMD or only have a mild form of the disease.1
If you have intermediate AMD, or advanced AMD in one eye, talk to your doctor about whether you may benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements. Keep in mind that high doses of these supplements can cause problems. So follow your doctor's recommendations carefully.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Steven T. Charles, MD - Ophthalmology|
|Last Revised||July 20, 2011|
Last Revised: July 20, 2011
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