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Are AREDS Vitamins Effective At Preventing Macular Degeneration?

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Posted on Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Question: I have been diagnosed with macular degeneration (the dry type). Does taking AREDS vitamins help with the prevention of getting the wet type of macular degeneration?

Is there anything else I can do that will help? I am a nonsmoker.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Can significantly delay the progression.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. There is no known treatment that can prevent the early stages of macular degeneration. However, the AREDS formulations may delay progression of advanced macular degeneration and help you keep your vision longer if you have intermediate macular degeneration, or advanced macular degeneration in one eye. In short, taking it should help.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
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Are AREDS Vitamins Effective At Preventing Macular Degeneration?

Brief Answer: Can significantly delay the progression. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. There is no known treatment that can prevent the early stages of macular degeneration. However, the AREDS formulations may delay progression of advanced macular degeneration and help you keep your vision longer if you have intermediate macular degeneration, or advanced macular degeneration in one eye. In short, taking it should help. Let me know if I could help further. Regards