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VisiVite® AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Eye Vitamin Formula. Premium, natural ingredients - 60 vegetarian capsules (one month supply)

"Our practice has been recommending VisiVite Dry Eye Relief TG-1000 to every dry eye patient we see. The patients love it. They feel a great relief from not having to constantly feel a burning or itching sensation and being free of hourly tear drops. Our practice recommends these products to everyone... (read more)"
Monique M. Barbour, M.D.
"We see approximately 120 patients per week with about 15% having or being at risk for macular degeneration. Using the AREDS as our reference we became aware of the importance of nutritional supplements in the prevention of the progression of macular degeneration. This along with various other studie... (read more)"
Dr. Kendal Piatt, O.D.
"We have been recommending VisiVite for several years. AREDS2 formulation vitamins are the mainstay in the treatment of dry AMD which affects about 1.7 million Americans. We find that the VisiVite vitamins fit the needs of our patients. We can recommend different formulations based on the patients' h... (read more)"
Pamela Weber, M.D.
Retinal Surgeon
"East Florida Eye Institute specializes in the treatment of Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Eye Disease, and Dry Eye Disease. We recommend the use of VisiVite for all of our Macular Degeneration patients."
Ronald E. P. Frenkel, M.D.
"We recommend that all of our patients take VisiVite AREDS2-based vitamins, due to the evidence based nature of the formula."
Marc Lay, OD
"I've been in practice for 36 years. We see many patients with Macular Degeneration and dry eyes. As a general Ophthalmologist, I see patients with varying Eye problems including cataracts and glaucoma. Based on the AREDS2 study, a vitamin like Visivite is the only treatment for Macular Degeneration ... (read more)"
Martin L Weinhoff, MD
"This combination of nutrients, found in supplements like Ocuvite and VisiVite, is now widely recommended for people with moderate or severe macular degeneration. Current or former smokers may be better off with VisiVite's Smoker's Formula, which leaves out the beta-carotene (beta-carotene supplement... (read more)"
Marvin Moe Bell, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician and Author
"I recommend VisiVite to all my macular degeneration patients. Based on the latest AREDS2 study, lutein and zeaxanthin absorption was increased when beta-carotene was eliminated. Therefore, I advise all my AMD patients to take VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+ Gold Formula for maximal protection, as it contains... (read more)"
Dr. Madeline Cohen, O.D.
Optometrist, F.A.A.O.
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VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula exceeds the National Eye Institute's newest recommendations for macular degeneration.

  • 50% more Lutein than AREDS 2
  • 138% more Zeaxanthin than AREDS 2
  • 200 mcg Selenium to offset Vitamin E effects on prostate health
  • Naturally-sourced FloraGLO Lutein (marigolds) and OmniXan Zeaxanthin (paprika)
  • Vcaps premium vegetarian capsules
  • Natural Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol)
  • No artificial ingredients or colors
  • Premium Antioxidant Formula
  • No synthetic meso-zeaxanthin
  • Doctor Recommended

Exceeds AREDS2 formula. Brand name FloraGLO Lutein and OmniXan Zeaxanthin. All USA-sourced ingredients. Requires only two capsules per day. Natural Vitamin E.

Requires only two capsules per day.


NO EGG or its derivatives, such as yolk, egg white, egg protein isolates, albumin, etc.
NO MILK or its derivatives, such as whey, casein, caseinates, yogurt, cheese, butter, etc.
NO PEANUTS or its derivatives, such as peanut protein, oil, butter, flour, etc.
NO TREE NUTS such as almond, brazil nut, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pine nut, pistachio or walnut and its derivatives
NO SHELLFISH such as crustaceans and mollusks and their derivatives
NO FISH or its derivatives, such as fish protein and oils
NO SOY or its derivatives, such as protein isolates, lecithin, etc
NO WHEAT such as semolina, durum, kamut, spelt, triticale and their derivatives, such as flour, germ, sprouts, etc
NO GLUTEN containing ingredients (wheat, oats, barley, rye)

VisiVite's best-selling ocular supplement. Based on AREDS2, but with 50% more lutein and 138% more zeaxanthin. Compete mixture of additional powerful antioxidants. No synthetic ingredients. No artificial color. Natural lutein and zeaxanthin. Premium vegetarian capsules.

VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+ Gold Formula Supplement Facts: 15 mg lutein, 4.75 mg zeaxanthin, 500 mg ascorbic acid, 400 IU vitamin E, 40 mg zinc oxide, 1 mg cupric oxide, vitamin B6 20 mg, Bilberry 50 mg, Alpha Lipoic Acid 20 mg, Grape Seed Extract 20 mg, L-glutathione 10 mg, Selenium 200 mcg

Question: is areds 2 plus gold eye formula the correct one for ex smokers to take.this is what i am taking now<br /> Answer: VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula contains no beta-carotene, and is therefore safe for smokers and former smokers.<br /><br />Question: Why does your formula contain only half the copper compared to the AREDS 2 formula? <br /> Answer: AREDS2 showed there was no difference between 80 mg zinc and 25 mg zinc. This formula contains 40 mg zinc for maximal effect and minimum side effects. The copper has no benefit for macular degeneration, but is there only to prevent zinc-induced anemia. For 40 mg zinc, the proper amount of copper is 1 mg.<br /><br />Question: What multiple vitamin would be safe to take with the areds 2 plus gold eye vitamin?<br /> Answer: Co-Defense is a multivitamin uniquely formulated for patients who take macular degeneration supplements based upon the National Eye Institute's Age Related Eye Disease Study. See this page:<br /><br />Question: My mom was diagnosed with dry AMD half a year ago. I sent her 6 months supply of AREDS2 Plus+. Her eye doctor (it's in Russia) approved the vitamins, but said to take it for 3 months and then have a 6 months break. Does it make sense? She also has diabetes type two, but I am not sure what medicine she takes. Thank you.<br /> Answer: The United States National Eye Institute recommends taking AREDS2 supplements continuously -without any break - for people with dry macular degeneration.<br /><br />Question: Does this formula have taurine?<br /> Answer: The complete list of ingredients may be seen by clicking the supplement facts image on the product page.<br /><br />Question: Which capsule is best for a former smoker?<br /> Answer: VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula is our best-selling macular health formula, and like all VisiVite AREDS2 formulas, is free of beta-carotene and is thus safe for smokers.<br /><br />Question: Why does your formula contain only half the zinc and copper compared to the AREDS 2 formula?<br /> Answer: VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS Gold Formula provides the ingredients proven in AREDS2 to provide the maximum benefit and the lowest side effects. Among many evaluations, AREDS2 compared 25 mg and 80 mg of daily zinc and found no significant difference. The National Eye Institute quotes the following on the page &quot;...lowering zinc to the AREDS formulation also had no effect on AMD progression.&quot; Furthermore, the first AREDS reported higher genitourinary side effects with 80 mg of daily zinc. <br /><br />Question: Are these capsules free of any potassium? I have renal disease and I need to contral my potassium intake . My eye Dr. said I have very early stages of macular degeneration. Is it OK to use these capsuls if your eyes are not real bad?<br /> Answer: They are potassium-free and contain ingredients listed by the FDA is GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe). You can read more about GRAS at<br /><br />Question: Being female, I don't need the selenium. Or do I? What is it good for?<br /> Answer: Selenium, which is nutritionally essential for humans, is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection. <br /><br />Question: How many days supply is one bottle?<br /> Answer: 60 capsules are in each bottle of VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula, which is a 1 month supply. Take two capsules daily together or in divided doses.<br /><br />Question: Does this product good for a totally vegetarian? Does it contents anything that comes from animal?<br /> Answer: VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS Gold Formula is completely vegetarian, including FloraGLO Lutein from marigolds and OmniXan Zeaxanthin from paprika. Unlike most ocular supplements that are made with glue-binded tablets or gelatin capsules, VisiVite capsules are made with VCaps Plus premium vegetarian capsules.<br /><br />Question: Do these contain beta carotene?<br /> Answer: All of VisiVite's AREDS2 formulas, including VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula, contain NO beta carotene.<br /><br />Question: What size are the capsules and can they be opened? My husband cannot swallow large pills and gel caps.<br /> Answer: They are size 00 capsules. You may open the capsules and put the powder into juice or apple sauce.<br /><br />Question: Vit. E and Selenium together cause problems with increased prostate cancer. Why is Selenium still used here?<br /> Answer: Actually, it's exactly the opposite. The study showed reduced risk of prostate cancer when Vitamin E and selenium were taken concomitantly. See which showed, &quot; Compared with placebo, the absolute increase in risk of prostate cancer per 1000 person-years was 1.6 for vitamin E, 0.8 for selenium, and 0.4 for the combination.&quot;<br /><br />Question: Does the Gold Forumla cause less stomach upset than ARED2?<br /> Answer: VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula has 99.8% tolerability, due to its naturally-sourced ingredients and clear vegetarian capsules.<br /><br />Question: What do you mean about Allergens: no egg, no milk, And how fast does your shipping takes to USA? Thank you.<br /> Answer: Nutritional supplements are required by law to list specific allergens, if they are present. VisiVite chooses to list that it contains NO ALLERGENS. Shipping to USA locations by Priority Mail, the method that we recommend for most customers, takes 3-6 business days.<br /><br />Question: What can I expect when I take this Vitamin? What should I look for?<br /> Answer: The goal for all macular degeneration vitamins is to slow or halt the progression of the condition. However, eye supplements are not drugs, and by FDA law are therefore unable to claim that they cure, prevent, or treat any disease.<br /><br />Question: Is there anything in this product that could cause me to get problems with my breathing as i have asthma<br /> Answer: VisiVite products have very high tolerability due to their natural ingredient sources and vegetarian capsules. There has never been a report of any VisiVite products causing any breathing problems in people with asthma.<br /><br />Question: Why is there only half the amount of zinc compared with Preservision Areds 2? What is L-Glutathione? What are the long term effects of using these mega doses of vitamins, etc? How about discount coupons (codes)? <br /> Answer: The National Eye Institute's AREDS2 research demonstrated no difference in efficacy when comparing 25 mg zinc versus 80 mg zinc daily. VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula is made with 40 mg zinc oxide for maximum effect while maintaining the highest tolerability. Glutathione is produced naturally in the body, as well as being found in fruits and vegetables, and is a powerful antioxidant involved in many processes in the body, including tissue building and repair, making chemicals and proteins needed in the body, and for the immune system. Both AREDS and AREDS2 were considered long-term studies that demonstrated real and consistent benefits of taking high dose supplements without long-term detrimental effects. Other studies with lesser dosages have failed to show benefit for macular health. All current customers are advised of special pricing on products by email, which come up from time to time, while everyday discounts are available for all visitors at<br /><br />Question: Can you continue to take a daily multi-vitamin along with this product?<br /> Answer: Yes, you can. Our Sight for Life auto-subscription plan actually provides you with Free Co-Defense multivitamins with every quarterly shipment. If interested, contact customer service at 1-800-427-7660, Ext 2.<br /><br />Question: I just received my first two bottles of the AREDS2 Plus Gold formula - what can you tell me about the zeaxanthin in the formula - what is it derived from, etc. I am switching over to you folks from Life Extension Foundation - you seem to have a better eye formula - thank you<br /> Answer: The zeaxanthin is derived from paprika.<br /><br />Question: I have heard that the bioavailibility of cupric oxide (copper) is questionable. Mainly that it is unable to be absorbed by the gut. Can you please clarify? So many formulas out there and I am leaning towards this one especially since this can be taken by smokers. Thank you<br /> Answer: The Nutritional Division of the United States Food and Drug Administration states that different forms of zinc and copper are not absorbed better than any other and that there is no proof to the contrary, despite the heavy marketing that other companies do. Zinc oxide and cupric oxide were the forms used by the United States National Eye Institute in both the AREDS and AREDS2 research.<br /><br />Question: What type of capsules are these, hard, gel caps? Are there other ways to take them other than just swallowing them?<br /> Answer: VisiVite AREDS2 Plus Gold Formula is not made using gel caps. &quot;Gel caps&quot; are made using animal gelatin, while this premier natural formula is made using veggie capsules. If you have difficulty swallowing, you can pull the capsules apart and empty the contents into a cold beverage or cold soft food.<br /><br />Question: Is this still recommended for smokers as the Green Formula was?<br /> Answer: Yes. Without beta-carotene, VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+ Formula can be taken by smokers and non-smokers.<br /><br />Question: Does this formula contain gluten? I have celiac disease so I must avoid all gluten.<br /> Answer: All VisiVite formulas are gluten-free.<br /><br />Question: Does VisiVite AREDS2 Plus Gold Eye Vitamin Formula contain any fish oil?<br /> Answer: The National Eye Institute's AREDS2 trial, published in the May 2013 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, found that Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) did not slow the course of moderate and severe macular degeneration. As a result, VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+ Gold formula does not contain fish oil.<br /><br />
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100% Recommend this product (18 of 18 responses)
By Richard
Orange County, CA
November 5, 2018
VisiVite Areds 2 Plus seems to be working well
I converted to Visivite Areds 2 Plus around 2 years ago. My regular eye doctor found early onset of Macular Degeneration, dry type and recommended I start using AREDs 2 formula. I began with a popular over the counter variety and then found out about VisiVite. I switched and began using it 2x daily. I see both my regular eye doctor and a Retinal Specialist he put me in touch with. Both doctors indicated that my Macular Degeneration and cataracts have stabilized and have not gotten worse in the past year since my prior visits. That is great news and shows the vitamin therapy is helping. I am very pleased and recently my regular doctor said that with glasses rx my vision is still 20-20. Thank you.
By Susan C.
Appomattox, VA
October 28, 2018
HIghly Recommend
Three years ago during a routine eye exam the optometrist noted my husband had some changes that indicated the beginning of Macular Degeneration. He recommended that my husband start taking some eye vitamins and that monitoring the continue would be the best approach for now. I researched many eye vitamins, read labels and came across VisiVite. I read the literature and decided to use this product. Each year since then my husband's eye appointments have gone well with no changes or progression of the Macular Degeneration. The doctor is pleased and we are certainly pleased. These are the only eye vitamins my husband uses.
By Sue Owens
Colorado Springs, CO
October 25, 2018
AREDS2 Plus+
I am totally satisfied with this product. My macular degeneration has not progressed for at least 5+ years (can't remember when I started taking them). My eye doctor is very pleased. I like that it's made in the USA.
By James Cady
August 18, 2017
Gold has preserved my vision
I have been taking your VisiVite AREDS Gold since about 2006 and also Resiva resveratrol for a few years. Amazing products. I was noted in your "Sight for Life" brochure 7 years ago, with a full page picture holding my great grandson. My eyes still remain almost unchanged since starting with VisiVite.
Merchant Response:Thank you again, James, for sharing your good news.
By Judith Cook
September 2, 2016
Eye health has improved
I have been taking the Gold for 2 1/2 years and at my last doctor's visit, he told me my macular health had improved. He didn't mention any sign of AMD like he had noted at my previous visit.
Merchant Response:Thank you for sharing your great news with us, Judith. Hearing that we are maintaining eye health in VisiVite users like yourself confirms the wisdom in our goal to provide quality nutrition without compromise.
By Ken
August 26, 2016
My father and I both use VisiVite Gold
Thank You Doctor, for keeping my father {96} and myself {71} and other family members informed and always being concerned about use and safety issues. My father has AMD and Visivite has stopped its progression now about over 15 years, I also take Visivite all this time , have no symptoms , and am protecting myself because its {AMD} in the family. Ken
By Joseph
November 3, 2015
Gold halted progression of macular degeneration
My optometrist noted perimacular drusen in my eyes several years ago and then told me about AREDS and VisiVite supplements. I ordered the recommended formula and began taking them twice daily as recommended. Within a year, my optometrist noted that there had been no progression of the perimacular drusen, a precursor to macular degeneration. In fact, he said that there may have even been improvement. I've had several annual eye exams since then and there has been no indication of macular degeneration.
By MarySue Sorenson
October 25, 2018
Macular and Visivite
I have been diagnosed with macular only in my left eye, that's a good thing but I am blind in my right eye. I have been taking VisiVite for 3 years and each visit to the the opthamolgist I get good news...the macular has not increased so I need no treatment at this time. I had my eye doctor review the product and he said it was a good vitamin and to continue. Easy and remember two a day, I take mine at two different times a day, typical vitamin your going to lose what you don't need. The best to all with macular
By Barbara
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 25, 2018
Great product!
At each visit to my ophthalmologist, I'm told to keep doing what I'm doing! I've been taking AREDS 2 gold and Reviza for 4 years. No changes have been detected in my macular degeneration! I have recommended your products to relatives and friends!
By Steven Ferard
Moncure NC
October 25, 2018
Great supplement
Good pricing, quick delivery time
By Ken Allan
New Zealand
June 10, 2016
Surgeon recommended VisiVite
In 2014 I had both Cataracts removed. One in the Public Hospital under which was free, however the other eye didn't quite meet the requirement, but on my surgeons recommendation I had the other one done shortly after in a private hospital which I paid for. The same surgeon did both ops. It was my surgeon on a follow up visit that recommend Visivite and I'm been taking them ever since. Thanking you for your consideration, I remain, Ken Allan
By Brook Stone
March 30, 2016
No progression of my AMD
My eyesight has been stable since being diagnosed 21/2 years ago. At my last visit with a scan being done, my ophthalmologist said, whatever you are doing, keep doing it. I give the vitamins credit!
By Donna Middleton
Abilene, Texas
March 23, 2016
My doctor recommended
I have used Visivite Gold for nine years now and have maintained my sight in that time. I have not missed a dosage in nine years. I would recommend your product highly to anyone with vision problems. My doctor has actually recommended this product because of my success.
By Deborah Spitzer
New Port Richey, FL
March 10, 2016
Held my Macular Degeneration at Bay
Macular degeneration blinded my Dad and his sister. When my ophthalmologist told me I was developing M.D. I started researching which vitamin formula was best and this one was far ahead of any of the others. This was also about 5 years before the ophthalmology association began recommending AREDS2, Visivite was surpassing today's standard even then an still does. So far, my M.D. has not progressed and I thank Visivite for that.
ProsSurpasses minimum standards
ConsSometimes are difficult for me to swallow. I would rather take 2 smaller capsules than 1 large capsule.
By Louise
September 29, 2015
VisiVite has kept my eye from getting worse
VisiVite has kept my eyes from getting worse. When I first found out that I had MD, it was in both eyes. Dry in right eye and wet in left. Started getting shots in left eye right away and it remains like it was then and sight is the same. The right eye still hasn't changed in sight and no shots in it. While things haven't gotten a lot better, thankfully they are stable. Thank you. Louise
By Maryanne
West Palm Beach, Florida
September 8, 2015
My eye doctor happy with my choice
I just ordered the gold formula again since I was diagnosed with macular degeneration two years ago. I'm so happy that I found this solution to my problem. My doctor knows I'm on it, and he's happy that my vision hasn't changed, so I showed him a bottle, and he was very happy with the ingredients.
Prosvegetarian, natural ingredients
By David
March 10, 2014
No deterioration in vision
To relate my story; I am 67 yr. old and have used reading glasses for almost 20 years. Macular degeneration seems to run in my family, as both my parents, uncle and grandfather had it (all deceased). Usually, during my annual eye exam - beginning about 15 years ago - by comparing exam results with those of the previous year's exam, I would notice a gradual worsening of my eyesight ; needing stronger lenses - but, starting about 2 years ago I began taking VisiVite MG Gold medicine (1 pill daily), and my last 2 exams showed no deterioration in my eyesight. It seems that the MG Golds have halted the progression.
By Fred
September 12, 2013
Thank you Vitamin Science
In 2002 my eye doctor talked to me about dry macular degeneration and gave me a sample of pills I should take and a paper about VisiVite. I took the sample he gave me and I had a reaction to it, Beta-carotene. I saw in the VisiVite paper, the smokers Green Formula (now called VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+Gold). I had quit smoking many years before but I seen it was based on Lutein. I tried it and have been taking the AREDS2 Plus+Gold Formula since. Thanks to this! I have been doing good. After 11 years, I can still pass the eye test to renew my driver's license. So I am still driving at age 81. I also, had a cataract coming at that same time and it is still coming. My Retina eye doctor here in Texas said, keep it up what I have been doing. Use bright light and also magnification for the reading and close work. So I am thankful for the AREDS2 Plus+Gold Formula. At this time, I would like to thank the Vitamin Science Inc. for VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+Gold Formula for my continued eye health.
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