The Relationship Between Nutritional Factors and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

  • Shirley Hung
  • Johanna M. Seddon
Part of the Nutrition ◊ and ◊ Health book series (NH)


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the primary cause of incurable blindness in the United States (1). Among people aged 65 yr and older, approx 25% have signs of age-related maculopathy, including large or confluent drusen, retinal pigmentary changes, geographic atrophy, and exudative disease (2). About 7% of persons 75 yr of age or older have advanced AMD with visual loss (2). We expect to see 1.9 million cases of advanced AMD with visual loss in this age group by the year 2025 (2,3). It is also estimated that 25.7 million people age 45 and older will have signs of either early or late AMD in the year 2025; 23.1 million with signs of early AMD, and 2.6 million with late AMD (2,3). Given the large public health impact of this disease, research focused on causes of this disease is essential.


Antioxidant Nutrient Lipofuscin Accumulation Semiquantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire Macular Photocoagulation Study Group Dietary Carotenoid Intake 
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  • Johanna M. Seddon

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