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Vitamins and vision loss

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Have regular eye exams to pick up age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A special vitamin cocktail can slow the condition's progress.

Did you take your "eye vitamins" today? The supplement aisle offers a variety of dietary supplements that claim to support or preserve "eye health." Certain vitamins actually can help—but only if you already have a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of vision loss in later life.

AMD damages the part of the eye called the macula, which provides clear central vision. Having regular eye exams can spot the condition in its early stages. Medications and a special cocktail of vitamins can slow AMD's progression.

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