Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the macula, a portion of the retina, and leads to loss of sharp central vision. AMD is the leading cause of legal blindness in America. Approximately 15 million Americans live with the disease and it is most common in older people ages 75-80.
Symptoms include gradual loss of the ability to see objects clearly; distorted vision; gradual loss of color vision; and dark or empty areas appearing in the center of vision.
Macular degeneration is a major cause of blindness in the United States. Approximately 10 million Americans age 40 and older have some form of vision loss associated with macular degeneration.
Daily supplementation of omega-3 EPA and DHA in a natural triglyceride form (the same form as fish) may arrest the advancement of and prevent the occurrence of macular degeneration. A meta-analysis from 2008 reviewed results encompassing 90,000 participants. This investigation confirmed that eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA could significantly improve macular health.
The National Eye Institute also reports in their Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS1) that daily supplementation of specific vitamins and carotenoids can help reduce the risk of developing early stages of macular degeneration.