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AREDS 2 Results and What They Mean To You
June 05, 2013

AREDS 2 Results and What They Mean to You

AREDS 2 stands for Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2. It is a follow-up study to the original Aged Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), sponsored by the National Eye Institute.

Original AREDS

The results of the original AREDS were published in October 2001. The conclusion of that study stated that "high levels of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced macular degeneration and its associated vision loss."

Consequently many vitamins for macular degeneration include the same ingredients used in the AREDS clinical trial.


In May 2013 the National Eye Institute completed the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2. Over six years, approximately 4,200 volunteers participated in this macular degeneration study to see if adding omega 3 and lutein and zeaxanthin would be an improvement to the original AREDS formula.

To help explain the results and what they mean for you and me, Dr. Edward Paul, a macular degeneration specialist with a Ph.D. in nutrition provides us with some helpful insight:


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