Macular Degeneration or Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a gradual decline of vision due to death of cells in the central portion of the retina called the macula.
While peripheral vision is typically not affected by AMD, afflicted individuals tend to experience a decrease or loss of central vision. Most often, AMD develops in adults 50+ years of age, and is classified into two categories of “wet” or “dry” AMD.
- Wet macular degeneration is generally caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the region of the macula.
- Dry macular degeneration is more common and less severe. Dry macular degeneration may worsen your quality of life by causing blurred central vision or a blind spot in your central vision.
Natural aging is the most common condition associated with macular degeneration, but risk factors include smoking and genetic makeup, such as race and family history. Regular eye exams can help detect macular degeneration before appreciable vision loss occurs.
Recognizing early warning signs can allow you to better manage AMD and prevent or diminish vision impairment. In addition to routine annual vision screenings, talk to your ophthalmologist promptly if you experience the following:
- Blurred Vision
- Difficulty distinguishing fine details
- Perceiving straight lines as crooked
What Causes Macular Degeneration?
You may be wondering: “What physically causes the cells of the macula to deteriorate in the first place?” A major contributing concern is circulation. As circulation is gradually compromised, the smallest pathways are affected most drastically. The delicate, minuscule vasculature of the eye feeds these crucial retinal cells, but without adequate blood supply, cell death results.
Although physically painless, Macular Degeneration can be devastating to vision and quality of life if effective prevention and treatments are not actively pursued. Surgery, extensive medications, and resignation to vision loss can be avoided with proper care.
A nutritious diet, regular exercise, and avoiding known risk factors to cardiovascular health increase performance of all of your body systems and are critical to preventing or decreasing macular degeneration. Certain dietary supplements can bolster/reinforce these efforts, particularly those with carefully formulated combinations of proven, directed ingredients. When it comes to Macular Degeneration, most products are geared toward antioxidant and direct eye-health ingredients, but overlook the cardiovascular concerns that are so intimately connected.
Visiloc® is truly eye-opening with its circulation-based approach. This all natural supplement helps promote macular cell health with these key ingredients:
- Nattokinase: all-natural, innate anti-thrombolytic enzyme
Nattokinase breaks down fibrin and reduces the risk of blockages caused by blood clots and decreases blood viscosity, allowing better flow
- Vitamin K2 MK-7: a vitamin essential to bone health and to cardiovascular health
K-7 acts as a calcium carrier, allowing desired mineralization of the bone matrix while decreasing hardening caused by deposits on venous and arterial walls.
- Lycopene: a powerful carotenoid useful to eye health and linked to protection against the harmful effects of UV-ray exposure
Carotenoids cannot be produced by the body, so must be obtained from the diet. Lycopene can be converted to intermediates that result in retinal in the eye. Retinal converts light to metabolic energy for the eye cells.
- EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) a.k.a. Catechin: an all natural cardiovascular support ingredient that promotes healthy circulation
EGCG intake is linked to reduced risk of stroke, heart attack, thrombosis, cancer and diabetes and the nutrient is derived from all natural ingredients, such as cacoa.
The key to avoiding vision loss due to Macular Degeneration is prevention, and Visiloc is a safe, all-natural and affordable way to gently and effectively care for your eyes. Visiloc is available without prescription and two capsules may be taken daily as regularly as desired. Talk to your ophthalmologist today if you are experiencing or may be at risk for MD, and ask how Visiloc can be easily incorporated into your diet.