Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the chief cause of blindness for people ages 55 and older in the United States. A rising number of data suggest that nutritional intake of antioxidants- including lutein , zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids- may help decrease the risk of AMD and help improve vision. Eye health professionals can play an important role in educating patients about the power of nutrition. Since the body is unable to produce these antioxidants , lutein and zeaxanthin must come from dietary intake or from a form of supplements. Some studies suggest that participants who took the AREDS formulation with lutein and zeaxanthin had an 18 percent reduced risk of developing advanced AMD over a 5 year study, and participants who had low levels and intake before the study began were 25 percent less likely to develop advanced AMD compared to participants with similar dietary intake who were not taking lutein and zeaxanthin supplements. Slowing the progression of AMD to its advanced stage will save the vision of many who would otherwise have serious vision impairment. Visit one of our 8 locations including Fort Myers, Naples, and Cape Coral.