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Sight disorders are a common occurrence, particularly amongst the elderly. Macular degeneration, of which two varieties exist, and cataract formation account for nearly all cases of age-related sight loss. “Dry-form” macular degeneration is where a small, brightly coloured spot, at the back of the eye, the macula lutea, fails to filter out ultra violet light. As a result, the sensitive light cells behind it become damaged and a ‘dark spot’ develops in the middle of the field of vision. The cumulative effects of a lifetime’s exposure to UV radiation in sunlight often result in ‘age related’ or ‘dry form’ macular degeneration.

“Wet form” macular degeneration involves weakening of the very fine blood vessels that criss-cross the retina. Fluids leaking from these porous blood vessels obstruct vision. Smoking and poor diet increase the risk, as they result in weakened, unhealthy blood vessels.

The third leading cause of sight loss is cataract formation, which affects nearly 50% of people ages 75-80. A cataract is a yellow-brown clouding of the lens, at the front of the eye. This effect is a result of proteins cross-linking, so the fibres of the lens become abnormally arranged. Smoking, unstable blood sugar control and excessive sunlight exposure all increase risk.

Lutein eye complex with bilberry contains all the nutrients needed to maintain and raise levels of glutathione, the eyes’ most important antioxidant. Other antioxidants improve night vision and help the eyes adapt to changes in light conditions, beneficial to both macular degeneration and cataract patients.

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Lutein Eye Complex