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AREDS

Age-Related Eye Disease Study. A trial sponsored by the US National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, which compared the effects of zinc and/or antioxidants to a placebo.
Conclusion Patients taking antioxidants and zinc had a significant reduction in the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.
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Additionally, at the baseline, three- and six-month visits, participants also underwent flicker perimetry (FP), microperimetry (MP), SD-OCT, FAF, lens grading using AREDs lens assessment criteria and multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG) assessment.
The bottomline question is will the AREDS formulation help or harm your patient with intermediate AMD?
PreserVision AREDS 2 chewable vitamins contain the exact levels of six key nutrients recommended by the National Eye Institute to reduce the risk of disease progression in patients with moderate-to-advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
And, when discussing the AREDS vitamins with your physician, tell him or her about any multivitamins or other supplements you are taking.
Also, due to its effective antioxidant activity, vitamin C (ascorbate) was included in the AREDS formulation.
"The launch of PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula + Multivitamin adds to Bausch + Lomb's long history of delivering innovation to eye health and underscores Valeant's commitment to inventive solutions that address consumers' healthcare needs."
In conjunction with the launch, the new PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula + Multivitamin is now available in major retailers, including Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger and Amazon, added the company.
Bausch + Lomb owns the patents on the AREDS formula, so competing vision supplements have to tweak the amount of one or more of the AREDS ingredients.
The high levels of vitamins and minerals used in AREDS are difficult to achieve from diet alone.
They have also produced two of the most novel products in the eye care industry: Blephadex and the MacuStrip AREDS 2 vitamin on a dissolving strip.
Dr Emily Chew, from the US National Eye Institute - who led the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (Areds), said: "Contrary to popular belief, we didn't see any benefit of omega-3 supplements for stopping cognitive decline."
Chew leads the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), which was designed to investigate a combination of nutritional supplements for slowing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss among older Americans.