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The Age-Related Disease Study (AREDS) formula is a specific, high-potency supplement that may slow progression in people with intermediate or early-advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, it is not recommended for people who have not been diagnosed with AMD. Studies have found that eating fruits and deeply colored vegetables such as red peppers, kale, and spinach -- sources of antioxidants -- provides many health benefits. One is likely to be a reduced risk of AMD. Also, if you smoke, you should quit, because smoking can damage your eyes as well as many other parts of your body. Just as important are regular visits to an ophthalmologist, who can monitor your eye health and detect any signs of eye disease early on, should it develop. As with any disease, the sooner your doctor can intervene, the better your chances for a good outcome.