Office Hours

Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday CLOSED

Optometric Physicians NW
2222 James Street Suite A
Bellingham, Washington 98225

Phone: (360) 676-4030
Fax: (360) 676-8719

Macular Degeneration Kit

How to Use the Products in this Kit


    1. Preservision: (Take 2 Softgels per day)

    When it comes to vitamins for eyes and macular degeneration the most important study is the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a 10 year study of 3500 people with AMD.

    According to the U.S. Federal government's National Eye Institute the Age-Related Eye Disease Study found that:

    "taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by about 25 percent."

    "the AREDS formulation, while not a cure for AMD, may play a key role in helping people at high risk for developing advanced AMD keep their remaining vision."

    Preservision is an AREDS formulation. This supplement contains:

    • 500 mg Vitamin C
    • 80 mg Zinc
    • 2 mg Copper
    • 5 mg lutein

    2. Barleans total omega fish oil: (Take 3 Softgel Tabs per day)

    Currently, there has been evidence suggesting that adding omega 3 to the AREDS formulation may further reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration. Infact, in 2006, the Age Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS 2) was piloted. This study adds omega 3’s to the AREDS formulation, and replaces the beta-carotene with lutein and zeozanthin. It is a phase III study with 4,000 participants that is ongoing but it is not recruiting new participants. The estimated study completion date is June 2013.

    We feel that the initial evidence of adding omega-3’s are so compelling that we have proactively added them to your macular degeneration kit.

    3. Home Amsler Grid

    The first line of defense for macular degeneration is awareness. A simple test of your vision will alert you to any changes that may indicate a problem with macular degeneration or a worsening of your condition. This common test is known as the Amsler Grid. The Amsler Grid looks like graph paper, with dark lines forming a square grid.

    One of the first signs of macular degeneration can be wavy, broken or distorted lines or a blurred or missing area of vision. The Amsler Grid can help you spot these early. Early detection of wet AMD is critical because treatment, when indicated, is most successful when performed before damage occurs. Since dry AMD can lead to development of wet AMD, most patients should use the Amsler Grid. Check with your eye doctor to find out how often you should use this test.

    Instructions on Your Home Amsler Grid

    Test your vision with adequate lighting.

    1. If you normally wear reading glasses or bifocals for near work, put them on to view the grid.
    2. Measure (or have someone else measure) a distance of about 16 inches from your eyes to the screen.
    3. Cover your left eye, but do not close it or press on it.
    4. With your right eye, stare directly at the spot in the center of the grid, and do not look away from this spot.
    5. As you notice the horizontal and vertical lines in your periphery, ask yourself the following questions as you check each eye separately: Are any of the lines wavy, missing, blurry, or discolored?
      • curved lines
      • distorted lines
      • broken lines


Our Mission To You

Our family of eyecare professionals is committed to:

  • Providing you, your family, and our community with a lifetime of compassionate and unparalleled preventative eye care services and state of the art products.
  • Inspiring confidence through patient and community education.
  • Promoting visual excellence with an organized, caring and dedicated staff, and with doctors and staff who promise to stay in the forefront of eye care with continuing education, certification and licensure, and the latest instrumentation.

We welcome you to our team at Optometric Physicians Northwest.