Prevent Vision Loss Caused by Dry and Wet Macular Degeneration
Guardion Health Sciences
Although there is currently no cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), nor a treatment that is guaranteed to restore all vision lost to the disease, there are ways to slow the disease to prevent — and in some cases, reverse —vision loss. The treatment recommended to you will depend on the severity of your disease and the circumstances of your situation.
Treatments for Dry Macular Degeneration
Dry macular degeneration is the less serious and more common type of the disease. Dry macular degeneration is characterized by the formation of small white or yellow deposits called drusen on the retina, beneath the macula. These drusen cause the tissue of the macula to gradually thin and break down.
To manage dry macular degeneration, doctors recommend getting the proper nutrition, particularly Lumega-Z, to support the cells in the macula. A diet that includes leafy green vegetables, fatty fish and fresh fruits may delay the onset of dry AMD or reduce the disease’s severity. The nutrients in these foods help promote eye health and decrease inflammation. Avoiding artificial fats and packaged, processed foods is also key to staving off the progression of dry AMD.
Since it can be difficult for some people, and for those on Western diets, virtually impossible, to get the eye-healthy nutrients they need from their daily diet, medical foods like Lumega-Z can help fill in the gaps. Lumega-Z contains the three macular carotenoids that help boost the macular pigment, the protective layer that can help prevent vision loss from AMD. The formula also provides a full spectrum of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients to support the carotenoids and retinal health.
Treatments for Wet Macular Degeneration
The more advanced form of macular degeneration is known as wet macular degeneration, and is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the retina that leak blood and fluid into the macula.
Treatments for wet macular degeneration are designed to stop the leakage and the proliferation of these atypical blood vessels. This can be achieved through the injection of special medications called anti-VEGF drugs, or through laser surgery.
VEGF stands for vascular endothelial growth factor, which is a protein that prompts the body to produce new blood vessels. Anti-VEGF drugs block the effects of VEGF to slow the growth of new blood vessels and stop the damage they cause. This type of medication is injected directly into the eye (which is completely anesthetized) during an office procedure. The injections cause blood vessels to recede and the disease’s progression to slow down, and they may also help restore some vision. The effects of the injections last about a month or more.
The most commonly used types of anti-VEGF drugs are Lucentis, Avastin and Eylea.
Another way to stop the formation of abnormal blood vessels associated with wet macular degeneration is through laser surgery. In thermal laser photocoagulation, a thermal laser is directed at the atypical blood vessels; the heat from the laser seals off the blood vessels to slow their leaking and stop them from growing.
With photodynamic therapy, a photosensitive drug is injected into the patient’s bloodstream. The drug travels to the irregular blood vessels behind the macula and attaches to molecules found in rapidly growing cells like those in the abnormal blood vessels. A special low power “cool” laser light is directed on the blood vessels to activate the drug, which damages the unwanted blood vessels.
Multiple laser treatments may be needed to achieve or maintain results.
Reduce the Risk of Vision Loss from AMD with Lumega-Z
Lumega-Z is a medical food designed to delay or prevent vision loss to AMD and promote ocular and overall health. For more information about this medical food, please explore our website or contact Guardion Health Sciences today.