Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye. Because the disease develops as a person ages, it is often referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although macular degeneration is almost never a totally blinding condition, it can be a source of significant visual disability as it worsens.
Did you know? Your risk of developing AMD increases by 4 times if an immediate family member has been diagnosed. Risk factors can include heredity, light complexion/hair/eyes, aging process, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, sunlight exposure, lack of fruit/vegetables/vitamin D.
MACULA 2® ESSENTIALS AREDS 2 PLUS can prevent and delay the development and progression of AMD when combined with a healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables. For complete ocular health including management of dry eye syndrome, we also recommend the addition of MACULA 2® OMEGA-3 with DPA.
Dry eye disease (DED) is a rampant, chronic, often life-altering disorder which occurs when tears are not able to provide adequate lubrication for eyes. It can present as either watery eyes or dry eyes, which causes confusion with the name:
“My eyes are watering all the time so I sure don’t have dry eye disease.”
DED is progressive and causes dryness on the surface of your eyes. They may feel uncomfortable, sting or burn. Inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to eye inflammation, ulcers or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. And decreased quality of life. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon. Dry eye can be a temporary, periodic or chronic condition.
A multitude of reasons unfortunately: allergies, wind, smoking, air conditioning, meibomian gland dysfunction, infrequent blinking usually associated with staring at a screen, medication side effect, skin diseases on or around the eyelids, refractive, cataract or cosmetic surgery, thyroid disease/immune system disorders, contact lens long-term wear, pregnancy/hormone changes, tear gland inflammation, cancer treatments – and more.
ALWAYS USE A PRESERVATIVE-FREE EYE DROP.