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Can a natural product help prevent failing vision?

Maybe you suffer with blurry vision or have difficulty adjusting to very bright conditions? If so, you could be suffering from macular degeneration which affects people over the age of 60 but can also develop in those in their forties and fifties.

Age-related macular degeneration (also known as AMD) is a progressive condition which affects a small part of the retina at the back of your eye called the macula. The resulting problems of AMD include distorted or blurry central vision, sensitivity to light and may affect one or both eyes. The impact it has on your eyesight means looking directly at something – such as a newspaper or the television – becomes extremely difficult to see clearly. Over a period of time, your slightly blurry or distorted vision will develop a ‘blank spot’ in your central vision.

How Age-related Macula Degeneration affects your vision

There are two types of Age-related Macula Degeneration. There is ‘wet’ (neovascular) or ‘dry’ (non-neovascular). About 10% of those who suffer from macular degeneration have wet AMD. This type occurs when new vessels form to improve the blood supply to oxygen-deprived tissue in the retina.

However, the new vessels break easily, causing bleeding and damage to the cells of the macula. The most common is ‘dry’ macula degeneration, gradual deterioration of cells over years. This form of AMD is marked by ‘drusen’ which are small deposits of damaged cell waste within the retina and prevent the flow of healthy nutrients to the retina and macula – vital for seeing any detail. AMD does not affect peripheral vision or lead to total blindness.

If I have AMD, what can I do?

Getting older can be tough at the best of times and remaining fi t and well is key to long term happiness. But what if you suffer with an eyesight deteriorating condition such as AMD? Not being able to see loved ones properly or read a good book can lead to frustration, misery and ultimately depression.

Lutein – Lutein helps protect the retina by acting as natural sunglasses, helping to fi lter out harmful light and stopping it from reaching and damaging the back of the retina and macula.

Zeaxanthin – This is an antioxidant which ‘mops up’, or neutralises the free radicals in the eye which can cause cell damage. One cause of free radical damage is over-exposure to the sun’s UV radiation.

Bilberry Extract – Bilberry extract helps strengthen the walls of blood vessels and improves blood flow to allow improved eye health. It can also improve vision at night and other poor light conditions.

Carrot Extract – High in Vitamins A and E, carrot extract can also help with the protection of the macula cells possessing antioxidant properties. Rutin – Rutin is a biofl avanoid (found in citrus fruits and vegetables) which is vital for absorbing Vitamin C and strengthening blood vessels.

Vitamins C and E – The anti-oxidant qualities of vitamin C help prevent hardening and build up of foreign molecules that can cause blurred vision associated with viewing detail.

Selenium – Helps boost immunity, increase white blood cells for combating ageing effects linked to AMD. A strong antioxidant which enhances the effects of vitamin E.

Beta carotene – Helps to protect vision, especially night vision. Converted by the liver to vitamin A, it reaches the retina having been transformed into rhodopsin – a pigment necessary for night-vision.