Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Role of macular degeneration vitamins in maintaining healthy eye
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world and as our population ages we face an epidemic of AMD.
Age-related macular degeneration or AMD currently affects over 1 million Canadians, and this figure is expected to double by 2031.
What is age-related macular degeneration or AMD?
AMD is a progressive, destructive disease of the central part of the retina called the macula. It is a very small area, only 5 mm across, but cone photoreceptors are concentrated there. They are responsible for most of our detailed vision, color vision, our ability to drive, read or recognize faces.
How does age-related macular degeneration (AMD) develop?
The underlying layer of the retina is called the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). It begins to die and it can no longer support the photoreceptors above it and as a result, the RPE cells of the macula dies. You can see that vision becomes less sharp and colors fade. As more photoreceptors die, irregular gaps occur in the central area of the vision.
The cost of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to society and health care system
The global macular degeneration or AMD drug market was valued at $5.4 billion in 2014 and is expected to rise to $7.9 billion by 2019. Under economic analysis, these drug costs represent only 18% of these enormous and growing costs. The cost of detection, treatment and family social care represents an additional 82%.
How is quality of life affected by vision impairment caused by age-related macular degeneratio or AMD?
With our aging society, we face an epidemic of macular degeneration in coming decades. As its name suggests, AMD overwhelmingly affects older people. One study suggests that 54% of people over the age of 60 have early AMD: meaning they have changes in their retina but their sight is not yet affected. The results suggest that while AMD is relatively rare in people around the age of 60, about 1 in 2000, it quadruples in each successive decade to about 1 in 5 by the age of 90 years.
Once sight begins to be affected, there are significant ramifications:
- 7 times more likely to be depressed
- 7 times more likely to fall
- Ability of self-care is greatly reduced
- Increased social isolation
What you can do to protect your eyesight against vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration.
The good news is that 90% of macular degeneration or AMD cases do not progress to severe vision loss. Studies show that the right nutritional support and healthy habits can significantly reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration and support and maintain your healthy vision in AMD.
- Get 6-8 hours of sleep every night
- Eat a well-balanced diet which includes lots of fruits and vegetables
- Reduce stress by mediating
- Get 30 minutes of daily exercise
- Wear UV protection eyewear
- Take supplements for macular degeneration, which are specifically designed to support eye health in AMD.
Saffron 2020 eye health supplement for macular degeneration for those affected by age-related macular degeneration or AMD.
The vision and eye health health supplement Saffron 20202 is approved by Health Canada. This patented vision supplement with saffron and macular degeneration vitamins, which is used once-per-day contains 10 essential eye nutrients for general eye health and specifically for those affected by AMD or at risk of developing cataracts. Manufactured in a certified facility in Ontario, Canada, Saffron 2020 provides the most important eye health nutrients to help you maintain optimal eye health and support eyesight. Among all of the macular supplements, only Saffron 2020 contains a patented combination of saffron, resveratrol, lutein, zeaxanthin and macular vitamins (vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B2) in addition to zinc.