The macula is an oval yellow area near the center of the retina of the human eye. The macula is shielded by an important and naturally occurring protective substance known as the macular pigment (MP). MP comes entirely from dietary origin, and is made of three carotenoids called lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin (L, Z & MZ). These three carotenoids are found in equal amounts at the macula, with MZ being the dominant carotenoid at the epicenter of the macula (fovea) where our vision is sharpest.
Macular pigment limits oxidative injury at the retina by limiting the amount of short wavelength (blue) visible light incident upon the photoreceptors (irradiation with short wavelength light is known to promote free radical production), and also because its constituent carotenoids are effective scavengers of free radicals (i.e. antioxidants, just like vitamin C). However, it is important to realize that the collective antioxidant effect of the macular carotenoids is maximized when they (L, Z and MZ) are taken together in a supplement.
Macular pigment cannot be taken for granted. Humans do not have the ability to manufacture carotenoids, only plants produce them. Macular pigment starts developing in utero and comes from the nutrients found in the mother’s diet. As we grow and develop, MP continues to replenish itself from the nutrients in our diets. However, our diets today tend to be devoid in these critical nutrients due to a significant increase in processed foods, over farming and shortened harvest cycles. Since the western diet, even a healthy diet, does not provide for enough of these critical nutrients to protect our vision from oxidation over our lifetime, we must consider supplementation with all three of the critical carotenoids found in MacuHealth with LMZ3
Who can benefit from macular supplementation?
Most people will benefit from enriching and maximizing their macular pigment throughout their lifetime. Macular pigment is constantly being used up as it quenches free radicals to protect the macula from oxidation. We are living longer, our diets are lower in nutrients, and we are exposed to greater amounts of blue light, so it is very important to continually replenish our macular pigment.
Young Adults: Children and young adults are more susceptible damage from high energy blue light than adults in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Blue light is emitted by our computers, tablets, smart phones and from energy efficient fluorescent lights. Our children and students lives revolve around these devices and they are using these devices a significant amount of time each day. In addition many of these devices are held close to our faces so the intensity of blue light is higher.
Post Cataract Patients: Post cataract patients have had their crystalline lens removed and replaced with an intra-ocular lens. Cataracts typically are found in the elderly. Once the lens of the eye is removed the yellowing of this lens as we age is also removed. This yellowing in our lens as we age is called ocular lens pigment which is also a natural blue light filter. Once the cataract is removed the lens of the eye goes back to its clear child-like form making the macula more susceptible to blue light.
Age-related Macular Degeneration: Patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease with no cure, have significantly increased risk of blindness as the disease progresses. Enriching macular pigment can help save the vision in the diseased eye and possibly delay the onset of the disease in the other eye.
Family Members: Family members of those diagnosed with AMD are at higher risk of developing the disease. Family history and genetics are the greatest risk factors for developing AMD. Therefore, if one of your parents, your grandparents or a sibling has the disease, your risk of disease onset is also greater.
Smoker's: Smoker’s are at higher risk of many diseases including AMD.
The doctors at Eyes on Main St. are proponents of preventive medicine and taking all precautions to maintain a lifetime of superior vision and eye health.
We recommend supplementation for all patients with a history of ocular disease, family history of ocular disease or for those simply looking to take the best care of there eyes for years to come!
MacuHealth is a unique and patented formulation specifically designed to rebuild and maximize macular pigment over a lifetime.
Containing all three critical carotenoids in a patented 10:10:2 ratio consisting of Lutein (10mg), Meso-Zeaxanthin (10mg), and Zeaxanthin (2mg), MacuHealth is proven through peer-reviewed research to quickly and effectively optimize macular pigment.
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Based on the AREDS2 study, MacuHealthPLUS+ is formulated by eye health experts for patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The evidence base for supplementation in patients with AMD favors an AREDS2* formulation, but without dangerous levels of Zinc, and using a supplement that contains all three macular carotenoids in a MZ:L:Z (mg) ratio of 10:10:2. The only such commercially available supplement is MacuHealthPLUS+.
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