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Macular Degeneration
Posted by: Jay Edwards
Date: March 6, 2002 12:06 AM

My doctor tells me that I have macular degeneration. He said it is caused by lack of blood in the eye. He advised me to take Lutein. What would you do if you had this problem?



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RE: Macular Degeneration
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 6, 2002 4:08 AM

Best theory about MD is that it represents progressive damage to the macula (the point where light is focused on the retina) in genetically susceptible individuals who have had a lot of UV light exposure (sunlight without much protection) and who have low levels of intake of lutein and zeaxanthin. These are carotinoids which protect the macula from UV light. If I had the condition I would be taking a healthy supplement of these two items or consuming a lot of maize and corn and wearing professional grade sun glasses with heavy UV protection. There are also intravenous nutrient formulas which have helped some people make a partial recovery from MD. I would therefore also consider that.

Here are a few other items I use as guidelines:

Vitamin C Arch of Ophthalmology Jan. 1993;111:104-9 / Free Radicals and AgeingBirkhauser Verlag, Basel Switzerland,1992;280-298

Vitamin E Arch of Ophthalmology Jan. 1993;111:104-9 / Free Radicals and AgeingBirkhauser Verlag, Basel Switzerland,1992;280-298 and Am J Epidemiol, 1999;149(5):476-84

Selenium Arch of Ophthalmology Jan. 1993;111:104-9 / Free Radicals and AgeingBirkhauser Verlag, Basel Switzerland,1992;280-298

Taurine 500 mg. twice daily

Flavinoids 100 mg. twice daily (suggest Anthocyanosides)

Mega-multiple vitamins twice daily

Ginkgo biloba twice daily

RheoTherapy is filtration of the blood to remove various fatty substances. It is said to have 75% rate of significant improvement, requires a series of treatments, and must be repeated yearly. It is also rather expensive. You can learn more at [www.occulogix.com]

Stop smoking and avoid smoking. According to a new, yet unpublished Australian study, smoking is responsible for 28% of cases and increases risk by a factor of five.



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