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Table 5 Specific supplement recommendations for each of the 3 patient scenarios

From: Advice about diet and smoking for people with or at risk of age-related macular degeneration: a cross-sectional survey of eye care professionals in the UK

Supplement recommendations N (%)
55-year old patient with no evidence of AMD but with one or more parents and/or siblings affected by AMD  
 o AREDS formula 72 (15.6)
 o Supplement containing macular carotenoids 287 (62.1)
 o Supplement containing antioxidant vitamins, lutein and zeaxanthin 291 (63.0)
 o Supplement containing omega 3 fatty acids 93 (20.1)
65-year old patient with advanced AMD in one eye and early AMD in the other  
 o AREDS formula 348 (27.5)
 o Supplement containing macular carotenoids 818 (64.6)
 o Supplement containing antioxidant vitamins, lutein and zeaxanthin 724 (57.2)
 o Supplement containing omega 3 fatty acids 262 (20.7)
75-year old patient with advanced AMD in both eyes  
 o AREDS formula 161 (26.8)
 o Supplement containing macular carotenoids 395 (65.8)
 o Supplement containing antioxidant vitamins, lutein and zeaxanthin 340 (56.7)
 o Supplement containing omega 3 fatty acids 150 (25.0)