[caption id="attachment_293" align="alignright" width="300"]Lutein and Zeaxanthin Vitamins Slow Macular Degeneration Lutein and Zeaxanthin Vitamins Slow Macular Degeneration[/caption] The Age Related Macular Degeneration Study 2 (AREDS 2) data supports removing beta carotene and replacing it with lutein and zeaxanthin to decrease the progression of macular degeneration.   Macular degeneration is a disease where the macula (the central part of our vision) begins to wear out as we age.  It affects the ability to read and recognize faces.