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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!
Monique M. Barbour, M.D.
Ophthalmologist
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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 studies on the importance of vitamins for general eye health and AREDS2 prompted us to look for a supplement that fit the needs of our patients. Visivite showed itself to be the only company who took pains to offer the ratio of different vitamins supported by this research.
Dr. Kendal Piatt, O.D.
Optometrist
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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' history. The quality is unsurpassed, they are well tolerated which increases patient compliance. At "Island Retina" our mission statement is to provide outstanding retinal care in a warm and supportive environment. I have been practicing for more than 20 years. We love taking care of patients with retinal disease including diabetes, macular degeneration and retinal detachments. Our practice is unique in that we have a surgery center,we are involved in several national research projects as well as our own research, and we have a satelite office in Commack, NY. I do a great deal of lecturing throughout the country as part of my committment to education.
Pamela Weber, M.D.
Retinal Surgeon
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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.
Ophthalmologist
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We recommend that all of our patients take VisiVite AREDS2-based vitamins, due to the evidence based nature of the formula.
Marc Lay, OD
Optometrist
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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 available today.
Martin L Weinhoff, MD
Ophthalmologist
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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 supplements my increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers).
Marvin Moe Bell, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician and Author
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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 all the necessary ingredients as recommended by this latest research.

Dr. Cohen is a distinguished Fellow of The American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Madeline Cohen, O.D.
Optometrist, F.A.A.O.
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Certain vision problems are relatively common and sometimes temporary, but nonetheless frustrating. Others can be indicative of a more serious eye ailment.

Flash blindness: This sight impairment happens when a burst of bright light overpowers the eyes, generally causing a temporary inability to see, followed by visual spots that fade, often within seconds or minutes. Flash blindness tends to occur after exposure to a photographic flash or an unexpected glance at the full sun, which emits harmful blue light.

Glare: Similar to flash blindness, glare is a less severe version of that vision problem, with a bright light partially hindering eyesight, but usually not obscuring it completely. Glare often come from the sun being reflected off of objects or from powerful artificial illumination such as the headlights of a car.

Slow dark adaptation: When moving from a bright area to a space that has low light or no illumination at all, the eyes undergo a change called dark adaptation, and gradually adjust to the new light level. A key component in this process is a photopigment known as rhodopsin, which switches off the rod cells in the eye, allowing for better vision in bright light. In dark or dimly lit areas, rhodopsin turns the rod cells back on, but this transition usually takes a few minutes. When dark adaptation is atypically slow, the overall quality vision in these low-light environments is notably limited.

Poor contrast sensitivity: This subtle aspect of vision involves the ability to see an object against its background. Those with excellent contrast sensitivity will notice the small differences in levels of luminance when looking at an object or viewing a landscape. People with poor contrast sensitivity, however, won't see these subtleties, resulting in problems such as difficulty in driving or walking on uneven surfaces.

Lens clouding: When vision becomes blurry or cloudy, it can mean overuse of contact lenses for those that wear them. In those who don't use contacts, however, this may be the sign of a cataract, which is the clouding of the eye's normally clear lens. This condition often leads to other vision problems, including less glare tolerance and low contrast sensitivity.

Eye fatigue: Also known as asthenopia, eye fatigue or strain is a feeling of tiredness and/or dull pain in the eye itself. This tends to occur after vision has been overwhelmed by extensive bouts of computer work or reading. By briefly shifting the eye's focus to a faraway object even momentarily, this discomfort can often be relieved.

Poor visual acuity: The eye's ability to see clearly and sharply is what measures visual acuity. The fovea, a part of the central macular area of the retina, is responsible for this kind of detailed focusing. Here rod and cone cells are abundant, and healthy visual acuity is linked to high levels of macular pigment optical density (MPOD). In cases of poor visual acuity, the overall clarity of eyesight can be greatly diminished.

Managing Vision Problems

Those who have persistent eyesight problems should see a vision specialist to have their particular eye issues addressed. However, there are a number of ways to support vision health, depending on the specific issue:

Sun protection: Hats with wide, eye-shading brims and sunglasses with high levels of ultraviolet (UV) protection are effective in supporting overall vision health, and can specifically optimize the eyes to handle flash blindness and glare, as well as support ideal dark adaptation.

Cataract surgery: This kind of eye operation involves the removal of the clouded natural lens and the application of a clear replacement lens. A relatively common form of surgery, this procedure can restore clear vision to eyes with lens clouding.

Nutrition: Certain antioxidant carotenoids and anthocyanins nourish and protect the macula, optimize retinal transmission and promote lens clarity -- assisting with many common vision problems. Some of these antioxidants also guard vision against damaging UV rays, allowing for optimal dark adaptation, contrast sensitivity and visual acuity.

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