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Ocuvite Preservision

Updated on May 8, 2013

The Eye

Ocuvite Preservision
Ocuvite Preservision

Ocuvite Preservision

Ocuvite Preservision

Many nutrients are very improtant for the health of our eyesight as we age. Ocuvite, Preservision lines of Supplements by Bausch + Lomb provide all of these needed nutrients to maintain your eye health. Including Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Vitamin C, and E, and high dose Beta Carotine. These are the same nutrients and vitamins available in many foods we eat however, many of us do not get enough of these nutrients through diet alone so Bausch + Lomb, yes the same people who make your glasses and your contact lens solutions, has come up with this line of supplements for eye health to support this nutrient deficit. This line of supplements is called Ocuvite and Preservision. Many people take these supplements to support their eye health.

AREDS and AREDS 2 Studies

Age Related Eye Disease Study

The Age Related Eye Disease Study ( AREDS ) Study was a major clinical trial by the National Eye Institute. Part of the National Institutes of Health. The AREDS was meant to learn more about the History and Risk factors from Age Related Macular Degeneration and cataracts. And to test the effect of large doses of Zinc and antioxidants on AMD and cataracts.

Age Related Eye Disease Study 2

The Age Related Eye Disease Study 2 ( AREDS 2 ) A Major Clinical Trial done By the National Eye Institute. Built on previous work done on AREDS and also a national study on the effects of high doses of antioxidants and fish oil on the progression of AMD.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Often known as AMD this is one of the major leading causes of loss of eyesight among people who are older than 65 years old. This is becoming a growing problem as this age group grows and people are living to an older age. AMD is the degeneration of part of the macula which is the part of the retina that is important for your central vision needed to read or drive.

Dry And Wet Macular Degeneration

There are two types of Macular Degeneration. Dry AMD and Wet AMD.

Dry AMD is an early stage of AMD and is simply from aging and it's characterized by deposits that slowly build up and begin accumulating around the macula as tissue begins to deteriorate. As this process starts to progress over the years, gradual vision loss continues until there can be severe vision loss. There are no FDA approved treatments currently available. However the AREDS Studies linked high dose beta carotene vitamins C and E with a lowering of the risk and a slowing of the progression of Dry AMD.

Wet AMD Dry AMD can progress into wet AMD which is much more damaging to the eyes and the vision. What happens whith wet AMD is new blood vessels grow under the retina and leak blood which damages the retinal cells. These retinal cells then die from this damage and cause blind spots in your vision. Your eye care specialist can test you for AMD. Once again there is no FDA approved treatment for AMD. However the AREDS 2 studies showed that high dosages of Lutein and Omega 3 and one milligram of Zeaxanthan were a good vitamin combination to slow the onset of AMD. There are no cures for these diseases however they are showing many improvements by using Occuvite Preservision Eye Vitamins. Have you used this product and what was your outcome?


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    • Daughter Of Maat profile image

      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I did one of the clinical trials on Lucentis, unfortunately I don't think the FDA will approve these meds for this use anytime soon. Avastin was originally designed to treat against colon cancer by preventing the VEGF reaction, inturn making it a viable option for AMD. I've seen some results with Avastin that completely dumbfounded me. A patient going from 20/400 vision back to 20/30 in one treatment. But there are other patients that it only haults the progression and doesn't reverse it. So recreating the reversal of symptoms can't be easily reproduced, which, in the eyes of FDA, means the drug doesn't work. It's a shame really.

      The AREDS 2 study should be finished next year. I find the chemical details fascinating, but I won't bore anyone with those lol. The vitamins do hold promise though especially if they are taken at the first sign of symptoms, they could theoretically completely prevent any further degeneration. These vitamins not only fight the free radicals that cause AMD but they are WONDERFUL for boosting the immune system in general.

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      JustMike 5 years ago

      I was unaware that AREDS 2 was ongoing. Also I'm happy to see people are able stop the progression of the disease through off label use of those Meds. Hopefully they will be approved for general use soon.

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      AMD specifically targets the macula, the seat of central vision in the eye. It does not cause blind spots, it causes a large blurred or missing area directly in the central vision. There are treatments for wet macular degeneration. Off label uses of Avastin, Lucentis and Macugen have proven to stop, and sometimes reverse damage done by the vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF. Avastin has proven to be the most effective. There are also laser procedures that have had limited effects on the disease.

      Also the AREDS 2 study is actually ongoing. It was started in 2008 originally to determine not only if omega 3 and the carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) would slow progression but also if removing vitamin A would effect the outcome since smokers cannot take vitamin A supplements due to the increased risk of cancer.