We don’t prescribe many pills in ophthalmology but do recommend supplements for macular degeneration. The problem comes when people have trouble swallowing them or other pills. I can’t say this is my idea because it came from a patient: toss the supplements into the blender when you make a “smoothie’. You get the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables along with your medications!
What else can you put in your smoothie? We suggest plenty of leafy green vegetables for our patients with macular degeneration so you can add some fresh spinach in too. Be careful if you have a history of kidney stones but everything is good in moderation. No fresh fruit because it’s winter? No problem, just get frozen berries or other fruits and use them all year round. Unlike with juices, you get the benefit of fiber along with the nutrients.
All you need is some type of blender then use your creativity by adding any combination of fruits, vegetables, yogurt, almond milk, some whey for protein or nuts and then those pesky pills that are hard to swallow. The supplements for macular degeneration are red but so are strawberries - they literally get lost in the mix.
Besides the supplements, we recommend that macular degeneration patients look at their grid monthly with each eye independently through reading glasses, return promptly if any changes are noted, not smoke and do wear sunglasses outside. We have recently changed our supplement suggestion from AREDS to AREDS2, more on that topic next week.
Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist who specializes in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery and blade-free iLASIK. She practices with Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto and Dr. Mark German at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.
For more eye care information, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.