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Study investigates effect of supplements on floaters

Researchers have examined the impact of taking vitamins on the visual discomfort experienced by patients with vitreous degeneration

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A new study published in Translational Vision Science & Technology has highlighted improvements in quality of life among patients with symptomatic vitreous floaters after taking nutritional supplements.

The research, which was led by the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, involved 61 patients who either consumed daily supplements or a placebo for six months.

The supplements contained a formulation of antioxidative and antiglycation micronutrients.

After six months, there was a significant decrease in vitreous opacity in the group taking supplements, while the control group experienced an insignificant increase in vitreous opacity over the course of the study.

The group that received supplementation reported a significant decrease in their discomfort from floaters while the control group had no significant change in their symptoms.

The authors concluded: “The findings of this study indicate improvements in vision-related quality of life and visual function of patients suffering from vitreous floaters after supplementation with a formulation of antioxidative and antiglycation micronutrients.”

Professor John Nolan, from the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, highlighted that the team looks forward to continuing studies in this important area of research.

“While we are hopeful that this research will inform eye care, and offer an option to eye care professionals and patients to enhance the health of the vitreous, we strongly advise that patients seek advice from a qualified eye care professional,” he said.