VISION HELP HANDOUT: AREDS 2 Formula for Patients with early Macular Degeneration

VISION  HELP  HANDOUT:  If you are noting a decrease in vision, please read below.

⬷ Macular Changes: are due to aging & sun exposure and are potentially part of the spectrum to ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration)
1. What to do: protect eyes from sun (with sunglasses & hat).
2. Check AMSLER GRID: put on refrigerator or bathroom mirror: check each eye weekly.
2. Consider taking AREDS 2 Vitamin (below) if eyeMD says you have intermediate ARMD (significant drusen in macula):
  • 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C
  • 400 international units of vitamin E
  • 25 mg zinc as zinc oxide
  • 2 mg copper as cupric oxide
  • 10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin
  • 1000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (350 mg DHA and 650 mg EPA)
  • No beta-carotene (if not smoker, can take a vitamin with no more than 15mg)
  • 25 mg zinc
1. Be sure to always use prescribed eye drops without fail.
2. Know your T max (Maximum eye pressure per eye) and T goal (target pressure =approx 30% of maximum).
3. Know how your visual field looks.
1. Low Vision specialists can help with daily routines: sometimes you need to check with your insurance for a referral.
3. National help:

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