We believe in looking at the bigger picture when it comes to your health. Our holistic approach is based on scientific studies and is at the forefront of vision care.
Dr. Chris Brownlee, O.D. recognizes the important role that supplements play in protecting eyesight from the development of macula degeneration, and the progression of diabetic retinopathy. Supplements have also been shown to have a beneficial effect on people with occasional dry eye symptoms.
The use of supplements has been supported with scientific studies. Macular Health is a comprehensive supplement that includes all the nutrients for eye health in one capsule.
Macular Health is scientifically based on the AREDS formula and not only offers the most affordable Macular Degeneration vitamin on the market but also one of the only medically proven.
Do Eye Vitamins Work?
Patients with the Wet and Dry forms of Macular Degeneration may benefit from Macular Health vitamins. Vitamins decrease the risk of vision loss, which has been shown not only in the AREDS study, but also in other studies.
The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a national trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute, one of the federal governments National Institutes of Health. This trial found that high levels of antioxidants and zinc reduced the risk of advanced Age Related Macular Degeneration by about twenty five percent. The same nutrients also reduced the risk of vision loss caused by advanced macular degeneration by about nineteen percent. The majority of the reduction of vision loss and advanced macular degeneration was due to zinc.
The specific daily amounts per tablet were:
- 1. 125mg Vitamin C
- 2. 100 IU Vitamin E
- 3. 7160 IU Vitamin A
- 4. 17.4mg of Zinc as Zinc oxide
- 5. 2mg of copper
The AREDS study was published in 2001 and the article stated that there was a range in the dosages of antioxidants and Zinc as listed above due to loss of potency of the vitamin tablets due to shelf time and the variability of the number of tablets taken per day. The American Academy of Ophthalmology now recommends (based on the AREDS study) that patients with significant Macular Degeneration take nutritional supplements as listed in the AREDS study to reduce the risk of vision loss.
Macular Health uses only the highest quality ingredients and is manufactured in the USA by an FDA inspected, GMP compliant facility. They have been providing the best Macular Degeneration products for over 10 years. Unlike similar products; the Macular Health formula only requires a one capsule per day dosage. For those patients with difficulty swallowing pills the capsule was designed to be pulled apart and mixed into any liquid or food.
When choosing the right vision supplement to take or recommend it is imperative to know:
- Where is the product made?
- Is it manufactured by a FDA inspected and GMP complaint facility?
- Is it based on proven long term published scientific studies?
- Does it contain safe dosages based on the latest medical research?
These are all very important factors in what they produce and why Dr. Brownlee recommends Macular Health.
We sell the products in the office for patient convenience. They are very economical with the Macular Premier Formula and the Smokers Formula (for anyone who has smoked in the past ) costing $16 for a months supply. The Dry Eye Formula is $12.50 and the Multivitamin is $7
The Premier Formula and Smokers Formula are for macular degeneration.
The Dry Eye Formula is for dry eyes (really!)
The Multivitamin is for anyone as a good general supplement.
If you haven't scheduled your eye exam yet this year, give us a call. 409-763-6300