Age related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy are the most common eye diseases of people over 40. It is estimated that 8 million people over the age of 40 have ARMD.
The good news is that almost half the cases of blindness could be prevented with early detection by a healthcare professional, and by reducing sight risk factors such as obesity, smoking and UV exposure!
Another piece of good news is that there are specific nutrients that can help protect, and nutritionally promote optimum eye health.
Our exclusive Visulyn Formula contains these vision enhancing nutrients (plus newly discovered eye helpers) all combined in an easy to take capsule.
Age-related Macular Degeneration - AMD Defined
Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, is an eye disease that affects the macula, a part of the retina. The retina sends light from the eye to the brain, and the macula allows you to see fine detail.
AMD blurs the sharp central vision you need for straight-ahead activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. AMD causes no pain.
In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.
There are two forms of age-related macular degeneration -- dry and wet.
Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels behind the retina start to grow under the macula. These new blood vessels tend to be very fragile and often leak blood and fluid. The blood and fluid raise the macula from its normal place at the back of the eye. An early symptom of wet AMD is that straight lines appear wavy. If you notice this condition or other changes to your vision, contact your eye care professional at once. You need a comprehensive dilated eye exam. With wet AMD, loss of central vision can occur quickly. Wet AMD is considered to be advanced AMD and is more severe than the dry form.
Dry AMD occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly break down, gradually blurring central vision in the affected eye. As dry AMD gets worse, you may see a blurred spot in the center of your vision. Over time, as less of the macula functions, central vision in the affected eye can be lost gradually. The most common symptom of dry AMD is slightly blurred vision. You may have difficulty recognizing faces. You may need more light for reading and other tasks. Dry AMD generally affects both eyes, but vision can be lost in one eye while the other eye seems unaffected. One of the most common early signs of dry AMD is drusen. Drusen are yellow deposits under the retina. They often are found in people over age 60. Your eye care professional can detect drusen during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Dry AMD has three stages -- early AMD, intermediate AMD, and advanced dry AMD. All of these may occur in one or both eyes. People with early dry AMD have either several small drusen or a few medium-sized drusen. At this stage, there are no symptoms and no vision loss.
Causes and Risk Factors
AMD is most common in older people, but it can occur during middle age. The risk increases with age. Other risk factors include:
- Whites are much more likely to lose vision from AMD than African-Americans.
- Family history. People with a family history of AMD are at higher risk of getting the disease.
- Gender. Women appear to be at greater risk than men.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
AMD is detected during a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, and tonometry.
The visual acuity test is an eye chart test that measures how well you see at various distances.
Treatments and Research
Once dry AMD reaches the advanced stage, no form of treatment can prevent vision loss. However, treatment can delay and possibly prevent intermediate AMD from progressing to the advanced stage.
The National Eye Institute's Age-Related Eye Disease Study found that taking certain vitamins and minerals (such as the ones from in Visulyn) may reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD.
Wet AMD can be treated with laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, and injections into the eye. None of these treatments is a cure for wet AMD. The disease and loss of vision may progress despite treatment.
Laser surgery uses a laser to destroy the fragile, leaky blood vessels. Only a small percentage of people with wet AMD can be treated with laser surgery. Laser surgery is performed in a doctor's office or eye clinic.
The risk of new blood vessels developing after laser treatment is high. Repeated treatments may be necessary. In some cases, vision loss may progress despite repeated treatments.
Visulyn contains vitamins and minerals that may help reduce YOUR risk of further vision loss.
From your retina, to your macula to your cornea, this scientifically developed formula offers tremendous sight helping benefits for you sight now, and for the years to follow: Lutein 5 mg / Zeaxanthin 10 mg – These two nutrients are a part of a family of substances known as carotenoids. Leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, etc.) contain these compounds. Both of these carotenoids are potent antioxidants that protect eye cells from the ravages of oxidation. Unfortunately they also can be depleted as your body ages.
These carotenoids form the pigment (the protective layer that absorbs harmful UV blue light) of your macula. They are found in very high concentrations in the macula area of your eyes. It is believed that these higher concentrations can help support macular health, and maintain proper lens density, which is important to your retina.
Our concentrated blend of lutein and zeaxanthin really gives you a bushel of nutritional eye health. To get what’s in our formula, you would have to eat and estimated bushel of spinach, lettuce, kale, and more! Alpha-Lipoic Acid 50 mg – This potent antioxidant (found in every cell in your body) helps to safeguard all eye cells from the ravages of free radical destruction and premature aging. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is also considered to be the “helper antioxidant”, because it helps enhance and regenerate other antioxidants (Vitamin C, E, Beta Carotene, etc) within your body. The lens and retina of the eyes also depend on this antioxidant to protect from cell degeneration and clouding.
Our antioxidant complex helps to defend your eye cells from free radical destruction and premature aging. These natural eye defenders also do much more:
- Selenium (100 mcg) is a trace mineral that is believed to help protect the lens of the eye from clouding. It has proven to help support healthy nerve transmissions throughout the body, including your eyes.
- L-Taurine (250 mg) is an amino acid that helps maintain eye cell strength, while protecting the retina and cornea from destructive UV light.
Bilberry 50 mg – This herb was used by the British Royal Airforce during World War ll. Pilots swore by it, and felt that it improved their night vision dramatically.
What was discovered later was that Bilberry contained a very potent natural ingredient which not only helped to enhance night vision, but also helped to ease eyestrain and promoted healthy eye circulation. Today millions of people have made Bilberry part of the daily healthy program to help maintain clear sharp vision, day and night.
Grape Seed Extract 100 mg – This is another one of nature’s potent free radical fighters, but this antioxidant is unique. It can protect eye cells from fat-soluble free radicals, as well as free radicals carried by water. Grape seed extract also contains a special natural substance that can help promote healthy blood circulation to your eyes.
Ginkgo Biloba 50 mg – This proven herb is the most widely prescribed herb in Germany. It’s known for its ability to support a healthy mind, and to fight aging. Ginkgo can also help to promote increased oxygen levels in your blood, as well as helping to maintain smoother blood flow to your vision center.
Hey, your vision doesn’t have to go downhill! Specific eye nutrition is the vital link that can help guarantee your eyes will stay healthy and protected. Your sight is just too precious of a gift to leave it exposed to visual decline due to a lack of proper nutrition.
It’s a fact, key nutrients are essential for total eye health, and for macular protection.
Our Visulyn Formula of 8 vision specific nutrients can maximize vision health while helping to support clear sharp vision now, and for the years ahead. Try it and see the difference!