It’s all too easy to take good vision for granted. As one of our most important senses, we should treat and protect our sight by taking good care of our eyes. Ask yourself, how often do you visit your GP or your dentist? Now, compared that to how often you visit your optician.
Losing our sight can impact not only on our eye’s health, but also our wellbeing, our ability to work, socialise and live our lives. Despite the importance of our vision, many of us don’t take steps to improve our eye health, even though supplements can reduce the leading cause of preventable vision loss.
Now more than ever, people are seeking nutritional advice in order to prevent or slow the progression of eye diseases such as dry eyes, cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Why do so many of us neglect our eye health?
There is a misconception that losing our vision is a natural part of the aging process. However, macular damage is not just age related. It can affect us at any age and now with our exposure to blue light being part of our daily lives, every adult age group should really be looking after and protecting their eyes.
As we grow older our eye health can become under increasing pressure and in particular the macula. The macula is responsible for the clarity of central vision. It allows us to see fine detail clearly and is essential for activities such as reading, writing, driving or even recognising faces.
The macula pigment comprises of three carotenoids; Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin. The body does not produce Lutein and Zeaxanthin. The macular pigment can therefore become severely depleted in those with a poor diet lacking in the right foods. Hence, why it could be advantageous to use supplementations such as MACU-SAVE.
Layers of Protection
We are surrounded by blue light which is admitted by the sun, mobile phones, computer screens, TV screens, making it difficult to avoid. The problem with blue light is that it is a very long wave form of light which goes further into the eye and can get to the back of the eye, to the light sensitive cells of the retina. In front of these cells is the macular pigment, which is responsible for the clarity of central vision which allows us to see fine detail clearly. Most importantly it acts as our internal sunglasses protecting the retina from blue light.
Therefore, to top up the natural sun-glasses in our eyes, it is advantageous to take a supplement such as MACU-SAVE which contains Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-zeaxanthin.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are important nutrients that the body naturally deposits in the macula, to create a protective layer known as macular pigment. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that work like internal sunglasses, protecting the macula from the damaging effects of blue light and oxidative stress.
Macular health is an increasing concern as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the No.1 cause of sight loss in over 50’s in Ireland.
Figures reveal that over 100,000 people in Ireland are affected by AMD, with 7,000 new cases a year.
What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration
AMD is a progressive eye disease that affects the macula, which is responsible for central vision and allows you to see detail. It does not cause total blindness, but it makes everyday tasks such as reading, watching TV, driving, or using computers more difficult. Research reveals that people as young as 37 years of age are being diagnosed with AMD.
The macula pigment comprises of three carotenoids; Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin. As the body does not produce Lutein and Zeaxanthin, the macular pigment can become severely depleted in those with a poor diet lacking in the right foods.
We Are All living Longer
As we’re all living longer, the number of people who are affected by AMD is increasing. While its exact cause is unknown, it’s been linked to risk factors including smoking, high blood pressure, poor diet and having a family history of the disease.
Experts recommend early diagnosis and treatment to help manage AMD, and without treatment, vision may get worse. This can happen gradually over several years (dry AMD), or quickly over weeks or months (wet AMD). There’s no cure for AMD, and while there is medical treatment for wet AMD, there’s currently none for dry AMD, which is more common.
Many experts recommend taking a supplement to help support your eye health as you age. MAVE-SAVE contains all three of the macular carotenoids that are essential for macular health.
MACU-SAVE is a One-A-Day easy to swallow food supplement which provides advanced nutrition for the eyes. It contains FloraGLO® Lutein and OPTISHARP® Natural Zeaxanthin, clinically proven ingredients to enhance the quality of vision and visual performance.
It is gluten free, yeast free, lactose free and contains no artificial preservatives or sweeteners and is suitable for diabetics.
All of the three macular carotenoids in MACU-SAVE are of the highest quality grade and are harvested from the marigold plant Tagetes Erecta. FloraGLO® Lutein is the most clinically researched lutein brand worldwide with over 90 human clinical trials published.
Should you have any queries in relation to eye health and suitable supplements, don't hesitate to contact any of Meaghers store to speak with our team for best advice.