Best Rx: Georgia Retina

Dr. Atul Sharma from Georgia Retina answers a reader’s question about treating eye conditions with supplements.

Dr. Atul Sharma from Georgia RetinaQ: I’ve heard that certain supplements can help prevent some debilitating eye conditions. Is that true?

A: The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) examined the effects of supplements such as zinc and antioxidants on patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and other eye disorders. This study tested these antioxidants to determine if they prevent the progression of these conditions, and results showed that although the supplements do not stop AMD from developing, they reduce the risk of vision loss by 19 percent. Talk with your doctor to see if this vitamin cocktail is right for you.

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