It is well known that the number of drusen increases over time but we found no study so far to quantify increase in drusen number in patients with dry ARMD
is due to the degeneration of the macula, which is the central part of the retina that enables the majority of eyesight.
The results from a second study, AREDS 2, found that adding omega-3 fatty acids to the formulation had no additional effect on the risk of ARMD
When the retina is exposed to blue light in the region where L and Z are most concentrated (Handelman, Dratz, Reay, et al, 1988), the damage that results has sometimes been related to ARMD
(Cruickshanks, Klein, Klein, et al, 2001).
An ophthalmologist can detect ARMD
even if you have no symptoms.
Several large, population-based studies have identified age, family history, smoking, hypertension, and Caucasian ancestry as risk factors consistently associated with ARMD
As summarized in Table 3, patients with ARMD
were divided into age groups.
Among persons with diagnosed ARMD
, only 1 percent was selected for the ARMD
sample based on diagnoses recorded before 1991.
sneaks up on its victims, robbing them of precious vision a fraction at a time.
POPULATION STUDIED Eleven retinal specialty clinics enrolled participants aged 55 to 80 years in 4 ARMD
categories determined by the size and extent of drusen and retinal pigment epithelial abnormalities in each eye, the presence of advanced ARMD
(each determined by evaluation of color photographs at a reading center), and visual acuity.
Most people with ARMD
find that reading is affected first, along with writing and driving because the macula of the eye, responsible for central vision, goes first.
Some risk factors for ARMD
you can't control (family history, older age, and light-colored eyes, skin and hair).