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Hi I am Dr. Lewis and I would be happy to help you with your question.
There is no evidence supported by the American Academy of Ophthalmology that any supplements can strengthen Bruch's membrane.
Having said this, the evidence does not exist because the studies have not been done.
What we do know about macular degeneration is that part of the disease results from drusen - which are clumps of waste products in the retina that accumulate with age. Studies have shown that these oxidative waste products can benefit from taking anti-oxidant supplements in the form of ocular vitamins.
Unfortunately, pseudoxanthoma elasticum is not the same disease as age related macular degeneration. There is no evidence that the disruption of bruch's membrane is caused by oxidation.
Lutein is used in the ARMD (age related macular degeneration) supplements to scavenge oxygen free radicals.
I believe bilberry is used for the same reason.
So the supplements that treat macular degeneration may be of no benefit in pseudoxanthoma elasticum.
But I don't think they can hurt. Please be certain however, that her eye supplements and her additional supplements do not overlap and surpass the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of these supplements. Overdosing on supplements could be dangerous.
I hope this answers your question.
Thanks for your response Dr. Trace...so you are saying the
Thanks for the information Dr. Trace.....I do have a follow-up question...are there any supplements or any prescription meds that could be taken to help strengthen the Bruch's membrane in the eye???