Complementary Health Approaches

Frequently Asked Questions

22. Are any dietary supplements effective for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or other eye diseases?

Two large NIH-sponsored studies showed that a combination of antioxidants (vitamins C and E and beta carotene) and zinc is effective in slowing the progression of AMD from the intermediate stage to the advanced stage. Adding omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) to the supplement combination did not make it more effective. If you have AMD, ask your eye care professional about whether supplements would be appropriate for you.

No dietary supplements have been shown to help prevent or treat cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy.