The human eye is similar to a camera. The retina of the eye is like the film of a camera. It is the part of the eye that actually "takes the picture." The macula is at the back of the eye, the bull's eye center of the retina. It is the part of the eye that allows us to see fine details such as the numbers on a watch, the features on someone's face, or the amount of spices poured from a container.
Why is it difficult to maintain ideal macular health?
Yes, there are a number of reasons for this: more ultraviolet light in our environment due to a thinning ozone layer, people living longer, environmental pollutants, smoking, poor diet, overweight, etc." Another factor may be our aging population.
What should I eat to maintain optimal ocular health?
Several research studies have proven that diets rich in carotenoids, antioxidant vitamins such as C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids, can improve eye health, or slow down the progression of common eye conditions that lead to vision loss.
Carotenoids are compounds that are found in plants, which have been associated with maintenance of not only healthy macula, but also the health of many of the body's systems. Dark green, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, especially those high in the carotenoids known as lutein and zeaxanthin, appear to be the most useful nutritional factors in maintaining healthy macula. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the primary pigments in the macula and are thought to protect the retina from ultraviolet light.
Lutein is found in spinach, collard greens, kale, broccoli, papaya, oranges, kiwi, mango, green beans, peaches, sweet potatoes, lima beans, squash, red grapes, and green bell pepper. Yellow corn, honeydew melon, squash, oranges, mango, kale, apricots, peaches, and orange bell pepper are good sources of zeaxanthin.
Foods abundant in vitamin C include green peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, sweet and white potatoes, leafy greens, and cantaloupe. Vitamin E is found in eggs, fortified cereals, fruit, wheat germ, green leafy vegetables, nuts/nut oils, vegetable oils, and whole grains. Wild salmon, sardines, walnuts, and flaxseed oil are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Can my lifestyle make a difference?
Your lifestyle can play a role in promoting your macular health.
- Eat a healthy diet high in green leafy vegetables and fish.
- Don't smoke
- Maintain normal blood pressure
- Watch your weight
What is EyeScience® Macular Health Formula?
EyeScience® Macular Health Formula is the most complete ocular supplement on the market. It was created by a leading retina and macular specialist and based on two decades of published research. It contains 14 clinically proven nutrients including those found in the AREDS formula. Its unique and cutting edge blend of vitamins, herbal extracts, amino acids and antioxidants help give your eyes the nutrients they need to stay healthy and keep you seeing the future.
What did the clinical research named AREDS indicate?
Patients and their doctors have often wondered if taking vitamin supplements could help towards health maintenance in several areas, including eye health. Many small studies have suggested a link between vitamin supplementation and the continuation of optimal eye health. Unfortunately, many of these studies were not complete enough to answer some important questions.
Recently, the National Institute of Health completed a major study to address the questions of vitamins vs. macular health. AREDS was a study that followed the macular health of 3,600 individuals at 11 centers around the country over five years. Overall, it found that many individuals had superior macular health from taking certain anti-oxidant and zinc supplementation. Moreover, the safety of these supplements was carefully followed. These vitamins have become known as the "AREDS Formulation".
Who should take the AREDS Formulation?
Your eye doctor will be able to tell by examining your retina who will benefit most from it. Your eyes will need to be dilated in order to make this determination.
What are the dosages of vitamins in the AREDS Formulation?
The specific amounts studied were: 500mg of Vitamin C, 400IU of Vitamin E, 15mg of Beta-Carotene (often labeled as 25,000 IU of Vitamin A), 80mg of Zinc as Zinc Oxide, 2mg of Copper as cupric oxide. Copper was added to help prevent copper deficiency anemia as a result of high zinc intake.
Are there any side-effects from taking the AREDS Formulation?
Some patients taking the supplements had minor side-effects including urinary tract problems secondary to the zinc. Others noted mild yellowing of the skin secondary to the beta-carotene. Overall, there were no major side-effects noted.
Does EyeScience® Macular Health Formula contain the vitamins and minerals in the proper doses recommended by AREDS?
Our formula goes well beyond AREDS. We have included 14 clinically proven nutrients including Lutien, Zeazanthin, Bilberry, and Omega 3. Our formula does not have Betacarotene like the AREDS formula. There is growing evidence that betacartone taken in a pill form does not provide a benefit to the eyes. It is also dangerous for those who previously smoked and continue to use cigarettes.
Is it dangerous for current or former smokers to take the AREDS Formulation?
Large clinical trials have demonstrated that beta-carotene increases the risk of lung cancer in current smokers. Therefore, these patients should avoid taking the beta-carotene found in the AREDS Formulation. Most of these patients were heavy smokers. There is no direct evidence that former smokers are at risk from beta-carotene, but given that these patients still have a heightened risk of lung cancer beyond the time they quit smoking, it would be reasonable for these patients to avoid high dose beta-carotene as well. EyeScience® Macular Health Formula is safe for smokers.
Lutein is a potent antioxidant carotenoid, found in abundance in fruits and green leafy vegetables. Lutein is also one of the dominant pigments found in the macular region of the healthy retina. Because of this, many eye doctors recommend Lutein to their patients for macular health support.
Why wasn’t Lutein included in the AREDS?
Lutein was not available when AREDS was started but it probably would have been included if the study were started now.
What are the advantages of EyeScience® Macular Health Formula over competing products?
Our product is absolutely the most complete and powerful supplement on the market. Research has proven that the ingredients in EyeScience® Macular Health Formula not only support long-term macular health, but also help improve visual function overall. This exclusive nutritional formula is based on two decades of national and international macular research, and contains all the nutrients in the precise concentrations most beneficial to your eyes.
Does EyeScience® Macular Health Formula contain any preservatives or artificial ingredients?
Our product contains no artificial colors or flavors, chemicals, starches or sugars, yeast or anything else unnatural.
Can I take my regular multivitamin with EyeScience® Macular Health Formula?
Yes, The EyeScience® formulation is not a substitute for your daily multi-vitamin or other supplements you may be taking such as calcium or Vitamin D for bone health. However, do not take additional supplements that are already included in the EyeScience® formulation.