Eye Vitamins for Macular Degeneration
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a major clinical trial sponsored by the federal government’s National Eye Institute. The study was designed to evaluate the effect of high doses of antioxidants and zinc on the progression of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Results showed that Bausch and Lomb’s Preservision Eye Vitamins reduced the risk of advanced disease and its associated vision loss in patients who already had significant disease. In order to decided whether these vitamins are right for you, you need to have a dilated eye examination.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) was started in 2006 to see if a modified combination of vitamins, minerals, and fish oil can further slow the progression of vision loss. Results from this study will be available soon. Dr Lili Grunwald is an investigator in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 Advanced Ophthalmic Imaging Ancillary Study. This study is being conducted to see whether spectral domain optical coherence tomography imaging can be used to predict vision loss and advancement of macular degeneration.
Research has shown that cigarette smokers taking Beta Carotene chronically may have a slightly increased risk of lung cancer. There is a “smokers” eye vitamin formulation which does not contain Beta Carotene.
These vitamins are not for everyone. If you have macular degeneration or drusen, the doctors at Kay, Tabas and Niknam Ophthalmology Associates would be happy to recommend the right regimen for you. Please call us today and we would be glad to help. Please contact our office for more information or call our Philadelphia location at (215) 925- 6402 or our Bala Cynwyd location at (610) 667-6760
Electronic Medical Records are Here!
We are excited to announce that our office is in the process of converting our computer system to Electronic Medical Records to better serve our patients. We have done lots of homework to find the system we think will work best with our patient needs and our work flow.
The new computer system will allow us to keep better track of our patient’s histories and examinations and will allow the doctors to access the information frommultiple locations. In addition we will be able to electronically write prescriptions directly to your pharmacy, and communicate more effectively with other physicians.
There is lots of learning to be done adjusting to the new computer, and hope you will bear with us during our growing pains! We know it will be well worth the effort!