Can Genetics Impact the Right Vitamin Recommendations in Macular Degeneration?7:00 AM
Ocular vitamins have long been a mainstay for macular degeneration management, since the first AREDs study was reported back in 1999. Subsequent investigations have adjusted what vitamins to include in our recommended formulas: removing beta carotene, adding lutein and zeaxanthin, not adding Omega 3s... It has been an active and ongoing investigation to determine which supplements truly seem to help. But a recent article published by Dr. Awh in Ophthalmology has raised a new question: does your genetic make-up influence what supplements work for you? The results were surprising, and have the ocular medical world taking a second look at just how important genetic testing with macular degeneration might be.
|Published data from Dr. Awh's review showing different breakdown of genes performed better with different|
nutritional supplementation routines via
- Intermediate AMD: extensive intermediate sized drusen (64-124 microns), more than one large (>125 microns) drusen, or non-central geographic atrophy.
- Advanced AMD: Central geographic atrophy or neovascularization causing vision loss (visual acuity worse than 20/32) in one eye.
400 iu vitamin E
10 mg lutein
2 mg zeaxanthin
80 mg zinc
2 mg copper