In this week�s report, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore estimate how many people in the United States alone would benefit from increasing supplement use. They conclude there are 8 million Americans at least 55 years old thought to be at high risk for macular degeneration. If all the people at risk took the supplements used in the earlier study, more than 300,000 of them would avoid advanced macular degeneration and any associated vision loss during the next five years, the study found.
In an editorial commenting on the study, experts said the supplements should be used \"only in patients with intermediate or advanced age-related macular degeneration.\" They added it appears appropriate to eat a diet rich in fruits and (especially green) vegetables, to supplement with a multivitamin and to undergo periodic ophthalmic examinations for the development of the condition.
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