Very recently retina specialists at at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital at the University of Alabama Birmingham have released the result of second phase of the Multifocal Electroretinogram (MERG) study of age-related macular degeneration patients who were placed on supplemental vitamins, minerals and carotenoids - a combination also known as Macular Health.
Macular Health is a unique vitamin supplement that slows vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and reduces the risk of total blindness. The supplement was developed in 2003 by a retina surgeon at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB).
When on December 2005 the first phase of the MERG study was released there was a 16 percent retinal improvement in patients taking Macular Health for just 12 weeks. The second phase found a 17 percent increase in retinal improvement in the same patients after two years of taking Macular Health.
Dr. Mason and a team of retina specialists from UAB will continue to monitor participants in the study to evaluate long-term improvement in eye health and vision due to Macular Health.
The study, which was accepted by the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO) for poster presentation, found that patients taking the Macular Health capsule once daily over a two-year period had an increase in the health of the macula and better vision compared to a control group that did not take the Macular Health capsule.
For further information about Macular Health, visit www.macularhealth.com or contact Julie Ward at 205.503.5955.