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Macular degeneration is a condition of the eyes causing symptoms of dark or blurry vision in the center of the eyes, seeing distortions of straight lines, and difficulty doing activities that require sharp vision (e.g., driving and reading). Dry macular degeneration is the most common type. It occurs when a substance called lipofuscin accumulates in the lining of the retina. A less common form is wet macular degeneration involving the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye. It can be treated successfully if caught early, otherwise can lead to blindness. It is suggested that free radical damage caused by sunlight, smoking and alcohol may contribute to the degeneration. High dose antioxidant supplementation can slow the progression of the disease.
A high potency multiple vitamin & mineral should contain antioxidant dosages that are very similar to those used in the AREDS study, proven to slow the progression of macular degeneration.
A nutrients enhancing glutathione should contain ingredients that provide additional antioxidant protection to the eyes and other tissues. Free radicals are known to cause and aggravate macular degeneration, thus, optimal antioxidant protection is mandatory in the management of this condition.