The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) is a major clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study was to learn more about the natural history and risk factors of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to evaluate the effect of high doses of antioxidants and zinc, on the progression of AMD.
This clinical trial closely followed about 3,600 participants with varying stages of AMD. The results showed that the AREDS formulation, while not a cure for AMD, may play a key role in helping people at high risk for developing advanced AMD, keep their remaining vision.
Before taking these high levels of vitamins and minerals, you should consult with your eye care professional about your risk of developing advanced AMD, and whether taking the AREDS formulation is right for you.