There are many different elements that make up our eyes. One of these is the macula. This is part of the retina, which is found at the back of the eye. The macula contains a high concentration of light-sensitive cells. As they detect light that passes through the eyes, these cells send signals to the brain which then interprets them as images.
The macula contains three pigments. These are: lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin. To preserve the health of the macula it’s necessary to maintain a deep layer of macular pigment. This will help to protect the cone cells from oxidative stress, keeping them healthy and functioning optimally for longer. The best way to achieve this is to find ways to replenish the macular pigment so that it remains thick and offers the greatest protection from the type of damage that characterizes eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration incidences are continuing to increase, therefore we offer all our patient a thorough macular degeneration screener as a part of their routine eye exam. Such screener is recommended for patients who are 55 or older, smokers, have a family history of macular degeneration, have blue eyes, or are experiencing poor vision. The screening test is very sensitive and picks up even microscopic precusors to macular degeneration called macular drusen.
EyePromise AREDS 2 is an effective supplement that contains all of the pigments found in the macula – lutein and zeaxanthin. EyePromise AREDS 2 supplements have been especially designed to contain the correct daily intake of these nutrients/pigments, enabling you to quickly and easily raise your macula pigment to optimum levels. At the same time, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of the nutrients will also protect against oxidative stress. As well as helping to slow and prevent the progression of retinal diseases, EyePromise AREDS 2 is also often recommended following cataract surgery as an effective way to increase recovery and optimize visual performance.
If you would like more information about the importance of macula health, if you have concerns about macular degeneration or if you would like to talk to us about macular degeneration, please contact our eyecare center today.