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Protecting Against Macular Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has become the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 55. It happens when light hits and damages the photoreceptors on the back of the eye. Some factors that put you at risk are being light skinned and light eyed, female, aging, and if you have a family history of macular degeneration. Also, smoking, a poor diet, a high BMI, and low macular pigment are factors that contribute to the onset of macular degeneration, but these factors can be changed and controlled.

One way to help offset your risk of AMD is to measure your Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD). The macular pigment absorbs blue light which protects the photoreceptors from damage. This can be measured using a machine called the QuantifEye MPS II which measures the amount of light absorbed by the If you are found to have low Macular Pigment Optical Density, there are many supplements and vitamins that we offer to best suit your needs and reduce your risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration.

Some of the compounds that are clinically tested to help increase Macular Pigment Optical Density are Zeaxanthin and Lutein. EyePromise has developed products that help to provide patients with a suitable amount of these compounds that can help to increase MPOD, thus reducing the patient’s risk of macular degeneration. Two of the varieties of these supplements that are offered by Hanover Family Eyecare include EyePromise AREDS 2 Plus (Zinc Free), and  EyePromise Zeaxanthin + Lutein. EyePromise AREDS 2 Plus (Zinc Free) is a supplement that includes Zeaxanthin, Vitamin D3, and Omega-3’s from fish oil which has been shown to improve eye health. EyePromise Zeaxanthin + Lutein contains both Zeaxanthin as well as Lutein and is vegan-friendly. All of the products we offer from EyePromise through Hanover Family Eyecare are gluten and yeast free as well.

Hanover Family Eyecare is proud to offer this technology, as well as the suggested supplements and vitamins, to help our patients reduce their risk of AMD. We look forward to helping you to be preventative with your ocular health and providing the best vision possible to all of our patients.