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Conventional Treatment of Age-Related     Macular Degeneration (ARMD)
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Conventional treatment of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)

Conventional treatment depends on the type of age-related macular degeneration:


The US National Eye Institute' s Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) has shown that taking certain antioxidants significantly reduces the progression of dry AMD to an advanced stage.

A large US study conducted by the National Eye Institute has confirmed that antioxidants can significantly reduce existing symptoms and prevent worsening of the condition in those people with dry ARMD (to a more worse wet macular degeneration). The study suggested that certain supplements may be of use to people with mild to moderate ARMD.

The antioxidants supplements recommended are:

Once dry AMD reaches an advanced stage it does not respond well to any type of treatment and vision loss ensues, which is why early treatment is vital to prevent deterioration of vision.



There are four proven and two experimental treatments used to treat wet ARMD. Proven treatment means there is proven scientific backing through research, whereas experimental means that the treatment is not yet proven through comprehensive scientific studies and the dosage is not yet determined or it has too many side effects.

Proven treatments

Experimental treatments


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  Last reviewed: 14 September 2007 || Last updated: 15 March 2009


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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