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Patient.co.uk

Patient.co.uk


This is the UK’s leading independent health site, established for over 15 years. With more than 11 million visits a month, it is a trusted source of information for both patients and health professionals nationwide. About Age-related Macular Degeneration it says:

A specific combination of high-dose vitamins and minerals has been tested and found to be most effective. The mixture includes vitamin C 500mg, vitamin E 400IU, lutein 10mg, zeaxanthin 2mg, zinc oxide minimum 25mg and cupric oxide daily. Only two products in the UK contain all of these, in the stated quantities - Viteyes 2.


Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Royal College of Ophthalmologists


The College champions excellence in the practice of ophthalmology for the benefit of patients and the public. They set the standards for professional practice through clinical guidelines and ophthalmic service guidance.

With regard to nutritional supplements there are now many a vast number of different nutritional supplements for eye health available. Only the AREDS formula is proven to be beneficial in people with intermediate and advanced AMD...

...Practical Points: Treatment for non-neovascular AMD is limited and consists mainly of counselling, smoking cessation, visual rehabilitation and prescription of AREDS style vitamins to reduce risk of progression in those expected to benefit.


Professor Andrew Lotery

Professor Andrew Lotery


Professor Lotery divides his time between directing vision research in the Gift of Sight research laboratories at The University of Southampton and his clinical responsibilities seeing patients in Southampton Eye Unit. His special interests are in medical retina with major interests in age related macular degeneration.

The AREDS2 study has clarified what vitamins patients should take to reduce the risk that their macular degeneration progresses. I recommend AREDS2 vitamins to my patients who have moderate to severe macular degeneration.


NICE

NICE


The NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) CKS (Clinical Knowledge Summaries) service provides primary care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 300 common and/or significant primary care presentations.

In certain groups of people with more advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a specific combination of high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements may slow the progression of AMD. This specific combination includes: vitamin C 500 mg, vitamin E 400 IU, beta-carotene (vitamin A) 15 mg (25,000 IU), zinc oxide 80 mg, and cupric oxide 2 mg daily....

...This combination of supplements is only available in the UK in the following products: Viteyes Original (retail price 13 per month) and Bausch & Lomb Preservision Original tablets (retail price 19.73 per month). (Other products contain similar constituents but different proportions of each, use different zinc salts [such as zinc acetate as opposed to zinc oxide], or contain additional ingredients.)


Macular Society

Macular Society


The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss. They have more than 15,000 members and, as the biggest patient group in the sight loss sector, are the voice of people with macular conditions.

Results from the secondary analyses of the AREDS 2 trial suggest that taking a combination of 500mg vitamin C, 400IU vitamin E, 25mg zinc, 2mg copper, 10mg lutein and 2mg zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of progression to advanced AMD in people who already have signs of the disease. In this new AREDS formula beta-carotene has been replaced with lutein and zeaxanthin...

...People aged between 50 and 85 years who present with bilateral large drusen or large drusen in one eye with advanced AMD in the fellow eye should be counselled about nutritional supplementation, but advised that only AREDS 1 and AREDS 2 formulations have been shown to be beneficial.