Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Does taking ocular vitamins (including anti-oxidants and zinc) decrease the progression of age related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Only in AMD patients with intermediate or greater retinal findings do ocular vitamins slow visual loss NNT 13. The risk of advanced AMD is rare in patients with minimal AMD^ and ocular vitamins do not prevent AMD in those without AMD. Components of ocular vitamins are potentially harmful and should be used only in selective patients.

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Publication Date: 2013-3-18
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 17:05:07