Antioxidants Fight Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects over 10 million Americans.  Age-related Macular DegenerationBlue eye (or AMD) is the most common form found in adults over the age of 55. As the “Baby-Boom” generation continues to age the number of people affected by AMD is anticipated to explode. In 1997, Dr. Carl Kupfer, who was then the Director of the National Eye Institute, publicly stated that macular degeneration will soon take on aspects of an epidemic.

Essentially, macular degeneration is caused when part of the retina deteriorates. The retina is the layer of the eye that transmits light signals to the optic nerve and brain. The macula is the center portion of the retina that renders detailed vision and acuity.

Macular degeneration is considered incurable, however several studies show great promise using oral antioxidants in preventing or impeding this terrible disease.

One such study published March 2009 was conducted by the Friedlander laboratory with mice. The study found that even healthy eyes incur cellular oxidative damage from light. Even small increases in oxidative stress went on to cause cellular retinal damage. Orally-administered antioxidants were remarkably effective at stopping the deterioration.

“People have thought before that antioxidants could have benefits for these conditions, but these data demonstrate clear proof of concept for this treatment approach,” says Dr. Michael Dorrell, a research associate in the Friedlander lab.

Because the antioxidant therapy did not induce regeneration of lost neurons, the use of antioxidants could halt the onset or progression of degenerative eye diseases if the test produces similar results in human models. Beyond retinal diseases, another mouse model is commencing at Friedlander labs to test whether other neurodegenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, could also use antioxidant therapy to halt cellular deterioration.

Many eye doctors recommend eye-specific antioxidant supplements containing the established dosages of A, C, E, zinc, selenium, and copper. In addition, antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin are under clinical investigation because of their associations with ocular health.

Click on the links to read more clinical studies on the benefits of powerful antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, CoQ10, Omega 3 fish oils and Pycnogenol® for retinal abnormalities.

The best form of orally-administered antioxidant nutrition that I am aware of is that which is in an isotonic form. The extremely high absorption (up to 95%)  and bioavailability provided by this method is exceptional.

Isotonix® Vision Formula with Lutein
Isotonix OPC-3®
Isotonix® Coenzyme Q10
Heart Health™ Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E


  1. Jim said,

    February 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Great Info!

  2. drtheeye said,

    May 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    In human body there are two major reactions that occur normally and these are oxidation reaction and antioxidation reaction. When oxidation reaction overcome the antioxidation, diseases such as macular degeneration occurs. Antioxidation factors protect the cells from being damage by factors released from oxidation reaction. Vegetables and fruits are full of antioxidation factors which help to protect the body from bad factors

  3. Julie Lange said,

    May 28, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Thank you for your input. The additional information in your blog is excellent!

    – Julie Lange

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