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Doctor recommends 2001 eye formula to patient.

Dear Dr. Krawitz, After my husband's ophthalmologist appointment yesterday for a check-up because of his dry AMD, I showed her the bottle of your VisiVite i-defense green formula which he has been taking for the 9 months since being diagnosed. She immediately told me he should be taking the proven study AREDS formula . I would very much appreciate your feedback on her decision. Thank you for giving me information in this matter. Helen D. ====== Dear Helen, AREDS was published in 2001. Unfortunately, it is the only study that many doctors are aware of. Since that time, other impressive studies have been published, including the Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial, which actually demonstrated visual improvement in some patients, whereas AREDS only showed a 27% decrease in the rate of vision loss. Finally, the National Eye Institute itself is 2 years into the AREDS2 research, in which they have added both Lutein and Zeaxanthin to their formula, and in one treatment arm, removed the beta-carotene. This is being done because the research on Lutein and Zeaxanthin are overwhelmingly positive in other studies, and both molecules were not commercially available at the time AREDS was done. If you decide you would prefer that you want AREDS alone, our VisiVite AREDS Original Formula is available. Unlike Preservision, VisiVite uses Natural rather than Synthetic Vitamin E. Dr. Krawitz

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