Multi-Ingredient Supplement May Help Improve Age-Related Vision Symptoms
In dry-type 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. A recent study suggests that an eye health supplement may help improve symptoms of dry-type age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Forty participants with early-stage, dry-type AMD participated in the study. Half were given the eye health formula, which contains lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry, saffron, Biopeperine pepper extract. and zinc monomethionine, twice daily for 90 days. The other half were given a placebo. The researchers assessed difficulty in day vision, diminished vision, distorted vision, perception of black spots, and visual acuity at baseline, 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days.
Participants in the supplement group saw progressive improvements in day vision scores, compared to the placebo group. They also saw statistically significant improvements in diminished vision scores as well as progressive improvement in distorted vision scores and the perception of black spots. In addition, 60% of the participants in the supplement group saw improvements in the Amsler’s Grid test, which is used to detect vision problems resulting from damage to the macula.
The study was conducted by researchers from Sabinsa Corporation.It was published online ahead of print on August 27, 2020 in the Journal of Medicinal Food.