Macular degeneration typically occurs as people age and affects senior eye health by causing retinal thinning and atrophy. This is known as dry macular degeneration or sometimes atrophic macular degeneration. Typical age-related macular degeneration symptoms include drusen and retinal pigment atrophy. In some patients, macular degeneration progresses to wet macular degeneration, also known as exudative macular degeneration. In these people, there is abnormal growth of new retinal blood vessels, known as neovascular membranes, that leak protein and bleed below the retinal surface, and can cause abrupt and severe vision loss.
The National Eye Institute's Age Related Eye Disease Study, published in 2001, showed that high dose nutritional supplementation slowed the progression of macular degeneration. However, this formula included the precursor form of Vitamin A, known as beta-carotene. This compound was shown in two large studies to increase the chance of lung cancer in smokers. Therefore, it is widely considered by ophthalmologists, optometrists and other physicians to be unsafe for smokers and former habitual smokers to take the National Eye Institute formula.
VisiVite Smokers Formula exactly duplicates four out of five of the ingredients in the National Eye Institute vitamin supplement formula but makes one important substitution. Rather than using the carotenoid, beta carotene, VisiVite Smokers Macular Degeneration Formula uses FloraGLO brand lutein derived from Marigold flowers. Additionally, unlike other manufactures that use synthetic dl-Alpha Vitamin E, VisiVite uses naturally derived d-Alpha Vitamin E. Take one capsule twice daily. Capsules may be opened into food or drink for patients that have difficulty swallowing.
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