Battling Macular Degeneration to Restore Eye Health
What is Macular Degeneration?
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative disease of the retina that affects one’s ability to see in the center of their visual field. It typically affects people over 50 and significantly changes their quality of life by limiting the ability to see fine detail, read, drive or recognize facial features.
Risk factors associated with AMD include:
- Age over 50
- Fair skin
- Light colored eyes
- Family history of AMD
- Sun exposure as a child
- Lack of exercise
- Poor dietary intake of antioxidants and essential fatty acids
In 2001, results were released from The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), a major clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute, one of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health. The AREDS study was designed to learn more about the natural history and risk factors of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to evaluate the effect of high doses of antioxidants and zinc on the progression of AMD. Results from the AREDS study showed that high levels of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced AMD and its associated vision loss. After the AREDS study, the traditional medical community embraced the use of nutritional supplementation to impact this disease process bridging the gap between nutritional science and traditional medicine.
Because the AREDS study looked at only AMD specific nutrients (antioxidants and zinc), consumers became confused as to how to combine the nutrients recommended by the AREDS study with their multivitamin and other nutritional supplements they may be taking for other health concerns. Dr. Harper created a simple treatment solution- Sight Defense MV (Sight Defense+multivitamin)- a product which provides both a high quality daily multivitamin, along with the AREDs recommended nutrients. It prevents the overlapping and most importantly the overdosing of nutrients that can happen when mixing and matching nutritional products. In addition, Dr Harper follows the latest science related to AMD, adding nutritional ingredients to her formulation as new clinical studies prove their safety and efficacy with AMD. For example, In 2011, a specific form of omega-3 was upgraded in the Sight Defense-MV formulation when the clinical science revealed that this particular form of omega-3 doubled the absorption and efficacy of this critical nutrient. Commitment to quality ingredients and ground breaking research in the area of AMD have made this formulation meaningful for many patients experiencing or at risk for AMD. Learn more about Sight Defense MV treatment here.
One of the real differences I experience when I am with Dr, Harper is that she provides you with knowledge and knowledge is power! Dr. Harper has made such a difference in my life, I wish my whole family could come and see her! Dr. Harper is all about quality care, knowledge, education and helping people regain their health and life! She is a real pioneer.
– E. K., Age 49