Monthly Archives: April 2014

Although there is no cure for Macular Degeneration, being proactive can help to slow progression of the disease.  If you have a family history of Macular Degeneration you may be more likely to develop the disease as you age.

A genetic test can now be performed to determine if you’re predisposed to developing macular degeneration as you age.   A DNA test called Macula Risk PGx determines a patient’s risk for the progression to advanced Age-related Macular Degeneration.  This simple test is performed by a simple cheek swab.

Although the test is not covered by insurance, the results can aid in the selection of appropriate eye vitamins specifically created to help slow the progression Macular Degeneration based on a patient’s individual genetic risk profile.  Click here to watch a video showing the progression of Macular Degeneration.

Bissell Eyecare Macular Degeneration Tri State Low VisionAccording to the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) run by the National Eye Institute “it was determined that the following ingredients were found to slow the progression of macular degeneration in those patients with intermediate or advanced disease. It is believed that the high levels of anti-oxidants and Zinc promote the continued health of the retina and tissues surrounding the retina. It is believed that macular degeneration vitamin contain specific anti-oxidants and Zinc that promote the continued health of the retina and tissues surrounding the retina”.

If you’re concerned about Macular Degeneration, contact our office to discuss your risks and preventive measures that may be taken to slow down the progression of the disease.

About the author:  John D.  Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify.  The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.

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