Dry macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that causes vision loss in the centre of your field of vision. Dry macular degeneration is marked by deterioration of the macular, which is in the center of the retina. The retina is the light sensitve layer of tissue on the inside back wall of your eyeball.

Dry macular degeneration is one of two types of age-related macular degeneration. The other type — wet macular degeneration — is characterized by blood vessels that grow under the retina in the back of the eye, leaking blood and fluid. Dry macular degeneration is the more common form of the disease.

Dry macular degeneration may worsen your quality of life by causing blurred central vision or a blind spot in your central vision. You need clear central vision for many tasks, such as reading, driving and recognizing faces.

Risks:

  •  Age – The number one risk factor is age. One third of adults over the age of 75 are affected by age-related macular degeneration.
  • Smoking – Smoking increases an individual’s chances of developing age-related macular degeneration by two to five-fold. The retina has a high rate of oxygen consumption. Anything that affects the rate of oxygen delivery to the retina has the potential to negatively impact vision. Smoking causes oxidative damage, which is thought to contribute to the development and progression of this disease.
  • Prolonged sun exposure – Ultra-violet (UV) light damages retinal tissue directly, and can also lead to the accumulation of products that are harmful to the retina.

Prevention:

Decrease the risk of getting macular degeneration

  • Use  supplements for eye health such as Macu-vision & Lutein Defense which are sold in-store
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat plenty of dark, leafy green vegetables
  • Exercise regularly, and stay at a healthy weight
  • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control
  • Include fish in your diet
  • Wear appropriate sunglasses outdoors to block UV and blue light that may cause eye damage.
  • Have regular eye exams

Do this short quiz to see if your vision may be at risk: http://seethefuture.co.nz/

     AND/OR

Use this Amsler grid to test for Macular Degeneration:

Amsler-Grid-for-checking-for-Macular-Degeneration-by-Dr.-Trent-McKinney

 

 

This is what you shouldn’t be seeing and if you are please book an eye test

AmslerGridHole

Treatment:

There is no cure for Dry Macular Degeneration but supplements based on the AREDS 2 study have shown to slow down Macular Degeneration such as the new Macutec Once Daily which we are now stocking in-store

MacOD60s

Macutec Once Daily is a science-based product that provides an ideal formula based on many clinical trials that have researched eye health.  Research has indicated positive results for lutein and zeaxanthin together with antioxidant nutrients vitamins C, E and Zinc.  

Macutec Once Daily

  • May help protect the macular region of the eye from free radical damage.
  • Supports the density of the protective macular pigment of the retina.
  • Made in Australia using the premium quality ingredients such as ® FloraGLO Lutein and Optisharp ® Zeaxanthin.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin intake is thought to increase macular pigment density. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are principal components of the macula, where they are collectively known as macular pigment, and where they are believed to play a major role in protecting retinal tissues against oxidative stress.

Click the link below to read more about the AREDS 2 study;

http://www.areds2.org/

 

                                              

   Fundus_photograph_of_normal_right_eye  Normal Eye                                                                                       

 Example of Dry AMD      Dry Macular Degeneration

  Wet AMD   Wet Macular Degeneration