Ask The Expert
April 25, 2013
Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss in people over age 60. There are several potential causes. These include smoking, environmental factors, diet, genetics, and circulatory disorders. One leading theory suggests that when light hits the back of the eye it results in oxidation of cells. This causes a buildup of debris called drusen.
There are many risk factors for macular degeneration. These include:
There are several ways to help prevent macular degeneration. Consider these:
You should also think about taking a daily vitamin and mineral supplement. Heres why: In a 10-year study done by the National Eye Institute, researchers showed that antioxidants and zinc can slow down certain types of macular degeneration. The supplement used in the study contained vitamin C 500 milligrams, vitamin E 400 units, beta-carotene 15 milligrams, zinc (as zinc oxide) 80 milligrams, and copper (as cupric oxide) 2 milligrams.