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The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a ground-breaking major study involving macular degeneration vitamins sponsored by the National Eye Institute, one of the Federal government’s National Institutes of Health, and conducted at 11 major medical center research facilities around the country.  Since that time, other studies, including the Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial (LAST) have demonstrated visual improvement in patients taking specific high-dose supplements that include Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

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Three formulas from major pharmaceutical manufacturers exist which exactly duplicate the formula in the Age Related Eye Disease Study. For information regarding the manufacturers and availability of these vitamins, CLICK HERE. Newer formulas that include the high-dose Lutein and Zeaxanthin shown to improve vision may are FOUND HERE.

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Which Vitamins are Important? Will taking vitamins prevent macular degeneration?

In that study, specific macular degeneration vitamin ingredients and amounts were found to slow the progression of macular degeneration in those patients with intermediate or advanced disease. It is believed that macular degeneration vitamins contain specific anti-oxidants and Zinc that promote the continued health of the retina and tissues surrounding the retina.

 In the absence of any macular degeneration, there is no research published that shows that taking vitamins can prevent macular degeneration. However, the AREDS study did show, if there was disease in only one eye, that taking proper vitamin supplements prevented or slowed the progress of the disease in the opposite eye.

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