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Mar
8
2017

The Difference Between Wet and Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Categories: Alice Chung, Alive Brand, Anti-Ageing, Antioxidants, Eye Health, Macular Degeneration

266-Lutein-Eye-18mg-60-CapsThe Difference Between Wet and Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration

By Lylas G. Mogk, M.D.

There are two types of AMD: dry (atrophic) and wet (neovascular or exudative). Most AMD starts as the dry type and in 10-20% of individuals, it progresses to the wet type. Age-related macular degeneration is always bilateral (i.e., occurs in both eyes), but does not necessarily progress at the same pace in both eyes. It is therefore possible to experience the wet type in one eye and the dry type in the other.

Dry Macular Degeneration

The dry (atrophic) type affects approximately 80-90% of individuals with AMD. Its cause is unknown, it tends to progress more slowly than the wet type, and there is not—as of yet—an approved treatment or cure. In dry age-related macular degeneration, small white or yellowish deposits, called drusen, form on the retina, beneath the macula, causing it to deteriorate or degenerate over time.

Wet Macular Degeneration

The wet/neovascular type affects approximately 10-15% of individuals with age-related macular degeneration, but accounts for approximately 90% of all cases of severe vision loss from the disease.

In wet age-related macular degeneration, abnormal blood vessels under the retina begin to grow toward the macula. Because these new blood vessels are abnormal, they tend to break, bleed, and leak fluid, damaging the macula and causing it to lift up and pull away from its base. This can result in a rapid and severe loss of central vision.

Although its cause is unknown, several new treatments are now available for wet age-related macular degeneration.

You can read more about both types of macular degeneration at Macular Degeneration InternationalMacular Degeneration Partnership, and Macular Degeneration Support, where you can also view a retinal photograph of dry AMD and drusen and a retinal photograph of wet AMD (also called exudative).

Alive FloraGLO®Lutein 18 mg – Eye Health is proven to help Macular Degeneration.  For more info read here.

We hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Mar
16
2016

Alive FloraGLO®Lutein 18 mg – Eye Health

Categories: Alice Chung, Alive Brand, Anti-Ageing, Antioxidants, Eye Health

DSC09127Are you on the look out for a way to protect your vision?  Alive brand Lutein is just what you need…

Promotes clear vision:  Lutein, also known as the “eye protective nutrient”, is a carotenoid (antioxidant) found in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli.  This nutrient has been found helpful in the treatment and prevention of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in older adults.  As some find it challenging to obtain sufficient lutein through diet, supplements can be beneficial – but not all are created equal.  Insist on FloraGLO® Lutein, recognized by nutritional supplement companies worldwide as a quality product that will maintain its stability and potency.   Extracted from marigold flower petals, FloraGLO® Lutein has a unique and innovative purification process that has earned it patent protection in the United States, Canada and other countries.  It is used in more clinical trials than any other lutein.  The Alive Lutein Eye Formula also contains blueberry and bilberry, both of which contain antioxidant compounds.  In addition, bilberry improves blood flow to the retina.

Lutein promotes clear vision in several ways.  It absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and also blue light.  In addition, lutein neutralizes free radicals in the retina which is the light sensitive part of the eye.  In the centre of the retina, directly behind the lens, is the macula.  The cells in this area help produce the clarity of vision needed to read and see objects.  A key measurement of eye health is the density of macular pigment because macular pigment protects the retina.  Lutein and its co-existing molecule zeaxanthin (found in FloraGLO® Lutein) are the main antioxidant pigments and the only carotenoids found in the macula and lens.

Fights Premature Skin Aging:  Lutein fights against free radicals and is also believed to absorb blue light as it penetrates skin layers.  In studies, lutein has been shown to increase skin hydration and elasticity and to decrease skin lipid peroxidation.  Lipids are oily components in the skin that provide a barrier inhibiting loss of moisture from the skin.

Contains NO: Citrus, corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, lactose, shellfish, soy, wheat, yeast or pork.

Adult Dosage: Take 1 capsule once per day after a meal.

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We hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.