WHAT IS AREDS?
The goal of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study is to learn about macular degeneration and cataract, two leading causes of vision loss in older adults.
The study looks at how these two diseases progress and what their causes may be. In addition, the study tested certain vitamins and minerals to find out if they can help to prevent or slow these diseases. Participants in the study did not have to have either disease. (Enrollment was completed in January 1998.) Eleven medical centers in the United States are taking part in the study, and more than 4,700 people across the country are enrolled in AREDS. The study is supported by the National Eye Institute, part of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health. The clinical trial portion of the study also received support from Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals and was completed in October 2001. Learn about the results of the clinical trial at Results -Age-Related Eye Disease Study (National Eye Institute).
For more information about AREDS, macular degeneration, cataract, and other eye diseases, visit the National Eye Institute website.
Updated by The EMMES Corporation October 2004