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Macular Degeneration Association Issues Urgent Supplement Warning for Patients

Genetic Swab Test Can Help Doctors Determine if AREDS Supplements Helpful or Harmful

The Macular Degeneration Association, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing blindness, today issued an urgent warning to patients suffering from a form of the disease known as “intermediate dry age-related macular degeneration.” MDA leaders and ophthalmologists are advising patients to talk with their doctors about a proven and commonly prescribed vitamin supplement containing zinc, an ingredient that might actually be harmful in some cases. They are recommending a simple, personalized genetic test that could potentially indicate the difference between slowing or accelerating the progression of vision loss.  More...

Macular Degeneration Association  I  February 17 2016  I  Lake Sarasota

EYE ASSOCIATION ISSUES URGENT SUPPLEMENT WARNING - Genetic Swab Test Can Help Doctors Determine if Helpful or Harmful

Sarasota Florida, February 17, 2016: —The Macular Degeneration Association, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing blindness, today issued an urgent warning to patients suffering from a form of the disease known as “intermediate dry age-related macular degeneration.” MDA leaders and ophthalmologists are advising patients to talk with their doctors about a proven and commonly prescribed vitamin supplement containing zinc, an ingredient that might actually be harmful in some cases. They are recommending a simple, personalized genetic test that could potentially indicate the difference between slowing or accelerating the progression of vision loss.  More...

Macular Degeneration Association  I  January 27 2016  I  Lake Sarasota

EYE VITAMINS – HELPFUL OR HARMFUL? The answer is in your GENES

Sarasota Florida: Patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) may be preserving or paradoxically losing their vision due to a fixed formulation of high-dose eye vitamins and zinc known as the AREDS Formulation. This public health issue is of concern for patients diagnosed with Intermediate Dry AMD. Patients should ask their doctor if AREDS is safe and effective for their use and they should consider genetic testing to determine the safety and efficacy of their eye vitamin preparation. More...

InfoClip.ca  I  Thursday, January 7 2016 | 7 h 55 min | News, Science

AREDS Controversy Goes Public

While the AREDS vitamin-zinc formulation and genetic testing dispute plays out in academic journals and on podiums of various ophthalmological meetings, a recent lay press article may bring new questions from AMD patients to your office. “Primary eye care practitioners need to become more aware of the evolving science,” says OD, Dennis Ruskin, past chair of the Ocular Nutrition special interest group within the American Academy of Optometry. See more...

National Post  |  December 14, 2015 2:00 PM ET  |  Tom Blackwell

U.S. agency earning millions from anti-blindness pill defends it after Canadians’ safety alert

A tiny Canadian company and a powerful U.S. government research agency are locked in an unusual spat over the safety of a popular anti-blindness supplement, amid accusations both sides’ scientific opinions are tainted by commercial interests. The vitamin-zinc pills are supposed to hold back the advance of macular degeneration — the leading cause of blindness in Canada. Read more

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