Dietary macular carotenoid supplements and drusen resolution.
By: Shamina Asif, BSc (Hons), MCOptom, Dr John Nolan, BSc (Hons), PhD
If you have a patient whose visual acuity (VA) is decreasing year by year due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the hospital eye service (HES) has told them that ‘nothing can be done’, what advice would you give to the patient? In addition to discussing lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, ultraviolet (UV) protection and accessing low vision services, if appropriate, how many practitioners actively recommend the use of dietary supplements? Hopefully, by the end of this article, many more will understand the potential that nutritional supplements offer for this eye condition.