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Nutritional Supplements

Virginia Eyecare Center offers nutritional supplementation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Dry Eye Syndrome

Macular Degeneration

MacuHealth is the only nutritional vision supplement containing all three macular carotenoids: Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin in the same 10:10:2 ratio that makes up macular pigment. MacuHealth is specially formulated and clinically proven to rebuild and maximize macular pigment over a lifetime, resulting in enhanced visual performance and aid in the treatment and prevention of age-related macular degeneration. We recommend Macuhealth for those with early macular degeneration or a family history of macular degeneration. For those with intermediate Macular Degeneration or greater, we recommend genetic testing, performed at our office with a simple cheek swab, before starting a Macular Degeneration vitamin to determine both your risk level and whether you will benefit from the formula containing zinc or the formula without zinc. If zinc is safe for you, we recommend Macuhealth Plus, which provides the formulation from the newest National Institutes of Health AREDS 2 study in addition to the macular carotenoids provided by Macuhealth. For those who should not take high levels of zinc, we recommend VitEyes AREDS 2 zinc free in addition to Macuhealth. We do not recommend starting any Macular Degeneration vitamin unless it is specifically recommended by your eye doctor. When taken as prescribed, these vitamins can aid in the decreased progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals (PRN) Dry Eye Omega Benefits is an Omega 3 Fatty Acid Fish Oil supplement that may help reduce the chronic inflammation that is a hallmark of Dry Eye Syndrome. We carry a pill and a liquid formulation with a recommended daily dose of 3 pills/day or 1 teaspoon/day. This is a medical grade Omega 3 that has been studied in dry eye and has the correct ratio of EPA and DHA to treat dry eyes. It does not cause fishy burps and stomach upset like over the counter fish oil since it is de-esterfied.