Dry age-related macular degeneration


December 11,2009  By Anil Dawar

A RETIRED optician suffering from an untreatable eye condition claims that a food supplement made from marigolds saved his sight.

Harry Marsland, 73, was already blind in his right eye when he developed incurable age-related macular degeneration in his left in 2001.

He spent years taking vitamins in an attempt to stave off total blindness without success.

But within months of switching to a supplement containing the ingredient from the garden flowers, Mr Marsland’s eyesight returned and now, instead of relying on his wife to guide him about, he is driving his car again. Yesterday, the pensioner from Oundle, Northamptonshire, said his experience gave hope to other AMD sufferers.

He said: “I have recovered almost completely from the effects of the dry AMD in my left eye. I am the first person to have such good fortune.

“As a retired professional, I feel a responsibility to get this message across to as many people as possible.”

Dry age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the over-60s. It happens when light-sensitive cells in the eye slowly break down, causing a loss of central vision and a fading of colours.

In April 2007 Mr Marsland started taking a daily dose of a supplement containing meso-zeaxanthin, derived from marigolds. He said: “I have now recovered 95 per cent of the sight in my left eye, which is miraculous.”

Mr Kevin Davey, consultant ophthalmologist at the Yorkshire Eye Hospital, greeted the news with caution.

“This is a very promising response to this product. The problem is you can never guarantee how different individuals will respond to any medication.”


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