Macular Degeneration Treatment, Macular Degeneration Vitamins & Retina Care in Ocala, Gainesville, The Villages and Clearwater

Macular Degeneration Treatment, Macular Degeneration Vitamins & Retina Care in Ocala, Gainesville, The Villages and Clearwater

Macular degeneration research at Lange Eye Care in Ocala, Florida, is using the latest in nutrition and vitamins for macular degeneration.

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If you are looking for the very latest in macular degeneration treatment and macular degeneration surgery, Lange Eye Care in Ocala and Gainesville may be what you are looking for. Ocala retina care and Gainesville retina care has many different options. If you have macular degeneration, think very carefully where you want to go.

What is Macular Degeneration?

What is macular degeneration? Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision impairment and legal blindness in the United States after the age of 55. Much of this progressive vision loss is unnecessary! The typical American is eating a diet that is convenient and quick. These foods are high in omega six, low in omega three, high in saturated fat, high in sugar, high in salt and overly processed and preserved. Americans are rapidly becoming an obese nation due to their poor dietary habits and sedimentary lifestyle. The foods are nutrient depleted and therefore the vast majority of the population is becoming sluggish and tired with no energy and as a result is becoming over weight. Obesity is a cause for many systemic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, elevated homocystein and elevated C-reactive protein. All of these are modifiable risk factors for macular degeneration.

Dry Macular Degeneration Treatment in Ocala, Gainesville, The Villages

Patients with macular degeneration need to see a doctor that is in tune with the latest in nutrition that will help their patient become proactive in their current and future health. Many patients when counseled on proper nutrition and lifestyle adjustments can actually slow down the degenerative aspects of macular degeneration. Dry macular degeneration treatment now consists of eye vitamins, lifestyle and dietary adjustments. The combinations of these three are considered treatment for dry macular degeneration.

Nutritional Retina Care in Ocala

Fourier Domain OCT – Optical Coherence Tomography. This new technology commonly known as Fourier Domain OCT or Spectral Domain OCT makes it possible to visualize large areas of the retina, significantly enhancing OCT’s diagnostic utility. Lange Eye Care is the only optical group to have this technology in the five county radius.

Lange Eye Care has doctors on staff who are in tune with all the latest in nutritional intervention and lifestyle modifications for macular degeneration. Many of the doctors at Lange Eye Care are involved in macular degeneration research using the latest in proper nutrition and vitamins for macular degeneration. Nutritional retina care in Ocala is an area that Dr. Lange and his staff of optometrists and ophthalmologists are involved in. Dr. Lange states, “I have also seen many patients actually improve when their diet, supplements and lifestyles are adjusted.”

New Treatment for Macular Degeneration

It takes discipline for a patient to follow the appropriate dietary and lifestyle modification plan. Dr. Lange likes to start out with a complete nutritional blood test (SpectraCell) that looks at all blood chemistries and also looks for any nutritional deficiency a patient may have. He also likes to get a vitamin D, 25-OH blood test and an omega-3 /omega-6 blood test. The combination of these tests will enable the doctor to develop a customized nutrition plan that is individualized for each patient based on scientific objective data. If the patient is put on a proper diet and/or supplement plan many of their nutritional deficiencies will resolve. This is crucial for great retina care in Ocala, Dr. Lange asserts. These nutritional deficiencies are corrected, then systemic health issues that are risks for macular degeneration may start to resolve. The staff at Lange Eye Care and Dr. Michael Lange have been using this philosophy for many years with great success when dealing with macular degeneration patients in Ocala and Gainesville.

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Omega-3, B-12, glutathione and vitamin D-3 deficiencies are quite prevalent in the macular degeneration population in the Ocala and Gainesville areas. All four of these deficiencies are modifiable risk factors that can be changed very quickly with proper diet and supplements without using medication. Once these deficiencies are corrected we see pro inflammatory omega-6, arachidonic acid and C-reactive protein levels improving. Many patients will also notice an improvement in their cholesterol, homocystein and triglycerides once these nutritional deficiencies are eliminated. When the nutritional deficiencies start to resolve the patient will have more energy and a better sense of well being. These improvements will enable them to start a more vigorous exercise routine of both cardio and weight bearing exercises that will improve circulation to the eye and entire body and aid in this nutritional rehabilitation.

Sleep Deprivation, Inflammation and Stress

One more very important part to the equation for macular degeneration patients is proper amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation is another cause of inflammation and the build up of a stress hormone called cortisol in the body. “The proper amount of sleep combined with nutritional rehabilitation is very powerful at quelling the fires of inflammation in the body,” says Dr. Michael Lange, optometrist and nutrition specialist with Lange Eye Care. Proper nutrition, exercise and proper sleep act synergistically at promoting good overall health and good ocular health. These combinations can be considered a form of treatment for macular degeneration. Dr. Lange states, “Macular degeneration treatment doesn’t always entail medications, injections and surgery.”

Vitamins for Macular Degeneration

Vitamins for macular degeneration are becoming mainstream and treatment of choice for the dry form of macular degeneration. Eye vitamins should be recommended by the doctor once a diagnosis of macular degeneration is made. The eye care provider needs to work very closely with the patient’s primary care physician, internist and cardiologist to complete the team approach of total health care for each patient. The eye is the window to the body and only the optometrist or ophthalmologist is trained at looking carefully at the structures inside the eye. The optometrist and ophthalmologist can look at the vascular and nerve networks in the eye and see how systemic disease, medication and diet can have profound effects.

Macular Degeneration Research

The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages, Florida

So who better than your eye doctor to help you to plan a total program for you to combat against free radical damage in the eye and body? Lange Eye Care and Associates was one of the first eye care centers in the country to utilize the very latest in intracellular nutritional blood analysis and genetic testing to help macular degeneration patients. Dr. Michael Lange and many of the doctors on staff at Lange Eye Care are involved in nutritional studies using the latest in nutritional rehabilitation for macular degeneration patients. Patients with retinal disease travel from hundreds and thousands of miles away to come to The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages, Florida, for the latest in nutrition for macular degeneration. Ocala, Florida, is the home of Lange Eye Care, and this is where this form of prevention for macular degeneration began. Patients with macular degeneration have been going to Lange Eye Care for almost twenty years to gain valuable insight into the very latest in macular degeneration treatment in Ocala, The Villages or Gainesville.

Providing Expert Retina Care in Ocala, Gainesville, The Villages and All Surrounding Areas

Whether the need is nutritional, medical or surgical, the experts in retina care in Ocala at Lange Eye Care are available seven days a week. Dr. Michael Lange started his first eye care center in Ocala, Florida, in March 1993 and his nutrition based philosophy has taken Lange Eye Care to nine locations in Florida and is now one of the largest privately owned eye care centers in Florida. Retina care in Ocala, Gainesville, The Villages and all surrounding areas is something Lange Eye Care takes seriously. “You only have one set of eyes, so take care of them,” is Dr. Lange’s philosophy.

“Ask the Doctor”

Dr. Michael Lange is an endless crusader when it comes to educating the public as well as doctors. He can be heard daily on his syndicated talk show dispensing valuable information about eye health and total body health on “Ask the Doctor,” a popular talk show he has been hosting since 1993. He is also an avid lecturer to the public as well as to doctors at conferences; he is involved in many clinical studies utilizing the latest in technology to help the macular degeneration patients.

Early Detection of Macular Degeneration

All of the Lange Eye Care locations offer the most advanced technology to diagnose, follow and treat macular degeneration patients. This technology allows for very careful and accurate observation of retinal health. The key with macular degeneration is early detection. Once macular degeneration is detected then the appropriate customized plan can be developed for each patient. If you are looking for doctors that are trained in the very latest in prevention and treatment for macular degeneration in Ocala, Gainesville, The Villages, Williston, Inverness, Summerfield, Clearwater or surrounding areas come to one of the many Lange Eye Care locations.

Macular degeneration treatment in Ocala and retina care in Ocala is on SR 200 across from the Paddock Mall at Lange Eye Care Ocala. All of the newest technology for retina care in Ocala is available in both Ocala locations, the main office across from the mall and the West Ocala office in Triple Crown Plaza next to Oak Run. If you want to know about the very latest in macular degeneration treatment in Ocala then come to Lange Eye Care. Call 352 237 3768 or go to www.drmichaellange.com, or www.langeyecare.com.

Eye Vitamins for Macular Degeneration

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Dr. Michael Lange is also the founder and lead researcher for Fortifeye Vitamins, www.fortifeye.com. Fortifeye Vitamins is involved in the latest nutritional research for macular degeneration. Fortifeye Vitamins and Dr Michael Lange are utilizing the latest in intracellular blood studies to develop better and more bio-available vitamins for macular degeneration. Currently Fortifeye Macular Defense is being used by thousands of doctors and patients in an effort to slow down the visually devastating effects of macular degeneration. Patients can come to any Lange Eye Care location in Florida or call toll free 1 866 503 9746 to order one of the Fortifeye formulations.

Why wait? Call for an appointment for your macular degeneration treatment today!

Lange Eye Care Locations

Gainesville Office
Lange Eye Care and Associates
3968 SW Archer Road W101
Gainesville, Florida 32608
Phone: 352-376-6622

Ocala Office
Lange Eye Care and Associates
3101 SW College Road
Ocala, Florida 34474
Phone: 352-237-3768

Triple Crown Plaza Office
Lange Eye Care and Associates
11100 SW 93rd Court Road
Suite 15
Ocala, Florida 34481
Phone: 352-291-2000

Summerfield Office
Lange Eye Care Vision Outlet Center
Unit #604 Highway 441S
Summerfield, Florida
Phone: 352-307-3273

Inverness Office
Lange Eye Care and Associates
3808 E. Gulf to Lake Highway
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-344-5110

Clearwater Offices
Lange Eye Care Optical Gallery & LASIK Center
23666 U. S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: 727-791-1214

Lange Sun and Nutrition Center
2551 Drew Street
Suite 302
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: 727-216-6275

Williston Office
Lange Eye Care And Associates
129 S. W. 7th Street
Williston, FL 32696
Phone: 352-528-0433

The Villages Office
Lange Eye Institute
466 and CR101
The Villages, Florida
Phone: 352-753-4014

 

 

 

 

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More information: Dr. Michael P. Lange is a Board Certified Optometric Physician and a Certified Nutrition Specialist who started Lange Eye Care and Associates in Ocala, Florida, in March 1993. Lange Eye Care has grown to nine locations throughout the state of Florida with three Lasik centers. The Lange Eye Institute at The Villages in central Florida is home base for many of the nutritional studies that Fortifeye is involved in. Dr. Lange is one of the first doctors in the industry to utilize intracellular blood tests and blood absorption studies to improve the Fortifeye vitamin line. Dr. Lange travels the world for nutritional research gathering valuable information to continuously improve Fortifeye vitamin formulations. Dr. Lange is still involved in the clinical practice of eyecare. He is a guest lecturer, contributing author to many eyecare magazines, and a daily syndicated talk show host of ‘Ask The Doctor’ which broadcasts every weekday at 9am and Saturdays at 2pm from Tampa Bay on radio stations throughout the country and video streaming all over the world via the Internet.

 

 

 

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Changes in Diet, Vitamins and Lifestyle Modifications To Help Macular Degeneration

How Can Changes in Diet, Vitamins and Lifestyle Modifications Help Macular Degeneration?
Vitamin therapy and lifestyle modifications have proven to be extremely valuable at helping to stabilize Macular Degeneration.

Dr, Michael P. Lange, Board Certified Optometric Physician
and Board Certified Nutritional Specialist
Lange Eye Care and Associates / Lange Eye Institute
12/27/2009

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision impairment for people over the age of 55 in the United States.

Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense pillMacular Degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in the United States in the over 55 age group. Currently there are close to two million people living in our country that are vision impaired from macular degeneration. With our population living longer and longer it is estimated that over 3 million people by 2020 will have Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). By then each of us will know someone that has lost their vision from macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a medical condition that causes degeneration of the central part of the retina called the macula.

There are two basic types of Age Related Macular Degeneration:
1. Wet ARMD or neovascular ARMD, which means abnormal growth of new blood vessels which grow into the retina and leak causing edema and atrophy of the central retina.
2. Dry ARMD or non-neovascular ARMD. The dry form of macular degeneration is the most common type with around 85%-90% of sufferers having the dry form.

The wet form of macular degeneration is the most destructive and the onset can be fairly rapid. The dry form of ARMD can slowly steal a patients central vision until they become legally blind. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists work on new therapiesAn estimate of about 20% of dry ARMD can turn into wet ARMD. Some people may have an increased risk of developing macular degeneration because of their genetic makeup. However, most cases of macular degeneration are probably related to a combination of genetics, poor nutrition, sedimentary lifestyle and environmental factors. Significant research in the area of macular degeneration looks very promising. The evolving therapies the Board Certified Optometrists and Ophthalmologists have developed bring new hope for anyone diagnosed with ARMD. These new therapies may halt, improve or even cure forms of macular degeneration. Ongoing research in macular degeneration is constantly revealing new ways to help the macular degenerative patient and maintains a very high level of hope for the future care of ARMD. Ultimately we look forward to a future where macular degeneration no longer poses a threat to vision.

What can be done to decrease the risk of going blind from Macular Degeneration?

Keeping an eye on Macular DegenerationNutritional intervention and lifestyle modifications may be beneficial at helping to stabilize macular degeneration. I have personally seen thousands of patients with macular degeneration in clinical practice for over 18 years. I have seen the positive benefits that patients can realistically obtain thru nutritional intervention and lifestyle modifications. Many patients with macular degeneration are benefiting dramatically from visiting an eye care provider that is in tune with the latest in nutritional therapy. Doctors from all over the world are using dietary modifications, introduction of nutraceuticals and lifestyle changes to aid the patient with macular degeneration. These doctors have seen some incredible improvements in vision as well as overall health in these patients. Optometrists and ophthalmologists often times utilize intracellular and plasma blood testing along with advanced retinal imaging to help determine if a patient may have modifiable risk factors for macular degeneration. Some of these modifiable risk factors include elevated c-reactive protein, elevated cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, elevated homocysteine, lipofuscin pigment accumulation and nutritional deficiencies. The following is a list of 17 steps that can be utilized to decrease the risk of having progressive visual loss from macular degeneration. This list was compiled based on solid scientific evidence reported in related literature and from positive results we have seen clinically in several very large macular degeneration practices. This does not replace a comprehensive dilated eye examination by a board certified optometrist or ophthalmologist.

1. Eat wild Alaskan salmon for healthFollow a low fat diet. Decrease saturated fats and trans fatty acids. Eat more turkey, chicken , cold water fish and soy products like Garden Burgers (a popular vegetarian meat substitute), soy milk and tofu. Eat less corn fed beef, whole milk and cheese. Eat the breast meat of chicken and turkey from free roaming organically raised sources (if possible), and prepare without deep frying. Broiling, grilling, boiling or baking is healthier. Eat more fish (omega-3) but be careful when eating fish because many large fish have toxic levels of mercury, lead and PCBs (PCBs are persistent organic pollutants, banned since 1977, that entered the environment through both original use and later disposal). Eat cold water fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, Atlantic halibut, herring and wild—not farmed—salmon). Try to avoid farm raised fish and instead eat wild fish especially wild Alaskan salmon. Wild salmon are high in a super carotenoid called astaxanthin that is proving to be a key nutrient in the nutritional approach for macular degeneration. A lean organically raised GRASS FED steak in moderation is a good source of protein, Vitamin B complex, zinc, iron, folate, magnesium, selenium and omega-3 essential fatty acids. A good source of grass fed organic beef is www.grassisgood.com. Omega-6 fats predominate in commercially-raised (corn-fed) meat, poultry, dairy and eggs; and also in nuts, seeds, margarine, and vegetable oils (such as corn, peanut, canola, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and grape seed oils). Omega-6 increases inflammation in the body! Olive oil is an omega-9 and is beneficial; it should be the primary bottled oil in the kitchen for use in cooking and salad dressings. The typical American diet provides 10-20 times more omega-6 than omega-3, but a healthier ratio is 3:1 or 4:1! Cut back on your omega-6 (choosing healthy omega-6 foods like nuts, seeds, and avocado) and increase omega-3.

2. Spinach is a dark green leafy vegetableConsume more dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, collards and swiss chard (preferably organically grown). Carefully boil, steam or simmer these in extra virgin olive oil. Gentle cooking helps to break down the cell wall releasing the bio-availability of the greens. Juicing is also a good way of getting these nutrients. Lutein is abundant in dark green leafy vegetables and has been shown to potentially help slow down the devastating properties of macular degeneration. Lutein and its related compound zeaxanthin are highly concentrated in the macula, providing a yellow color known as the macular pigment (MP).The macular pigment acts like a built in sun screen and protects the macula from the damaging photo-oxidative effects of blue light. Eating more foods that contain lutein and/or taking a supplement with 10-30 mg of lutein daily will help replenish the macula pigment density that you are more prone to loose as you age with macular degeneration. If you are taking a blood thinner like Coumadin, consult with your physician prior to eating more dark green leafy vegetables.

3. Orange bell peppers are high in zeaxanthinEat more orange bell peppers (preferably organically grown), gently cooked or raw. Orange bell peppers are very high in zeaxanthin. Scientists believe this nutrient when combined with lutein helps filter out dangerous HEV light (blue light) and may help maintain macular health. Sauté spinach and orange bell peppers together in extra virgin olive oil for good macular health. Goji berries are also one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants that has a very high concentration of zeaxanthin. Goji berry is one of the richest edible plant sources known for zeaxanthin content. Up to 77% of total carotenoids present in goji berry exist as zeaxanthin. Both goji berry and zeaxanthin also may prove to be helpful in the irregular blood vessel growth and leakage that occurs in the wet form of macular degeneration due to their potential anti-VEGF properties.

4. Blackberries for macular functioningConsume more darkly pigmented berries (preferably organically grown). Studies indicate that eating more dark berries like blueberries, black berries and raspberries may help preserve macular health. Some of the “super fruits” like gogi berry, acai berry and mangosteen are powerful antioxidants that may prove to be beneficial for macular disease. These are not easily found in your local grocery unless they are in a juice or powdered form. If you are a diabetic consult with your physician prior to eating more fruits. Darkly pigmented berries may also exhibit some anti-VEGF attributes.

5. Get more omega 3 fatty acids by taking micro distilled triglyceride fish oil. Stay away from the ethyl ester form of fish oil due to alcohol being attached to the molecule and poorer absorption rate when compared to triglyceride fish oil. Fortifeye Super Omega-3 Fish Oil | Click To OrderDue to the large amount of pollutants in fish, molecularly distilled triglyceride fish oil may be a better option than eating the fish. Canned sardines are a good source of omega threes, protein, Co-Q10 and calcium, and are fairly contaminant free. Eat more cold-water fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, Atlantic halibut, herring and wild—not farmed—salmon). Flax seed oil is not a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids! I recommend Fortifeye Super Omega since it is the more natural concentrated triglyceride form of omega-3 and goes through a triple molecular distillation process to insure it is contaminant free. This gel cap is also chewable with a great taste for those patients that have difficulty swallowing pills. Fortifeye Vitamins phone number is 1-866-503-9746 or go to www.fortifeye.com.

6. Eat less salt. Research may indicate that decreasing salt intake may decrease deposition of waste products in the macula called drusen. Reduction in salt intake may help decrease blood pressure and fluid retention.

7. Wear blue blocking sunglasses especially if you have had cataract surgery. There is science that indicates blocking the high energy visible spectrum (400nm-500nm, the “blue light”), may help prevent damage to the macula. Yellow, amber and orange colored lenses are good at blocking the blue light. Wear them any time you are outdoors during daylight. Wear polarized blue blockers while in the sun. Non-polarized lenses are better while indoors, during cloudy and overcast days and for certain sports like motorcycling, golf, road biking and mountain biking.

8. No smoking!NO SMOKING! If you do smoke try to quit. Smoking lowers your serum antioxidant levels in your blood and thus causes a nutritional deficiency at the cellular level. Second hand smoke is just as bad. Smokers increase their risk dramatically of developing the more advanced stages of macular degeneration. Smoking increases C-reactive protein (inflammatory marker in blood that is a risk factor for macular degeneration). If you smoke be sure you do NOT take high levels of the supplement called beta-carotene. High dosages of beta-carotene my increase ones risk of lung cancer. New science also indicates beta-carotene may interfere with the absorption of lutein (a beneficial carotenoid for macular health). Beta-carotene should not be in a vitamin formula especially if you have macular degeneration. Vegans may want to supplement with beta-carotene since they arent getting any vitamin A from animal sources, however most Americans that do eat some animal protein will not be deficient in Vitamin A and thus dont need any beta-carotene. Beta-carotene has shown some form of competitive inhibition against lutein that may begin in the stomach.

9. Do cardiovascular exercises for 20-30 minutes 5 times a week (discuss this with your physician first). Research indicates that patients who did cardiovascular exercise (treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical, walking, jogging, swimming etc.) were less likely to develop macular degeneration. These forms of exercise may be beneficial for glaucoma patients as well.

10. If you are overweight, LOSE WEIGHT! Overweight people are twice as likely to develop macular degeneration. Losing weight will also reduce C-reactive protein and help to normalize cholesterol and triglycerides. Controlling C-reactive, cholesterol and triglycerides may benefit macular degeneration. Overweight patients are also more likely to develop glaucoma and cataracts at an earlier age. Reducing your caloric intake and increasing your cardiovascular exercise will aid in weight reduction. Patients who are over weight with pre-existing health conditions may want to seek help from a physician supervised weight loss program.

11. Control systemic health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated C-reactive protein and elevated homocysteine. Elevated homocysteine has been linked to macular degeneration as well as optic neuropathies, certain types of glaucoma, retinal occlusive disease and diabetic retinopathy. Patients who are overweight can have a dramatic improvement in these systemic health problems once they start a weight management program and stick to it.

Choose red wine for eye health12. Drink red wine and green tea! New research may indicate that drinking red wine in moderation, sipping green tea, eating more soy products and cooking with curry may have some positive impact on macular degeneration, cataracts and inflammatory diseases in the eye. Consume more Pinot Noir from the New York region, because this wine has some of the highest resveratrol content. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant proving to have many health benefits. Walnuts are also a good source of resveratrol. The latest research shows that soy, resveratrol, green tea and curcumin may all have the ability to inhibit new fragile blood vessel growth (anti VEG-F). This may prove to be beneficial at decreasing the chance of the dry form of macular degeneration from turning into the wet form. Some other specific nutrients that may also exhibit effects on VEGF are Vitamin D, rutin, zeaxanthin, tocotrienols, super berries and even B vitamins.

Macular Degeneration sufferer13. Have a vitamin D blood test; 25 (OH) D done routinely, making sure you are not deficient in Vitamin D. Recent research shows patients with low levels of serum Vitamin D may be more likely to develop macular degeneration. Vitamin D is a potent steroid hormone and deficiencies are linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, osteoathritis, osteoporosis, depression, multiple sclerosis, muscle wasting, schizophrenia and even the flu. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. Just 15-20 minutes of sun exposure during the peak hours in shorts and a tank top while wearing a good pair of blue blocking sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat may be beneficial. Consult with your physician before too much sun exposure especially if there is a history of skin cancers or melanoma.

14. Dark Chocolate is high in polyphenols and antioxidants that may prove to be beneficial for macular degeneration. The darker the chocolate the better. Dark chocolate is proving to be good for for many health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol and may reduce the risk of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. Polyphenols from dark chocolate may also exhibit some anti-VEGF properties and may prove to be beneficial for macular degeneration. Try to eat the dark chocolate with the highest percent of cocoa and the least amount of sugar.

15. Do not take supplemental beta-carotene! Many emerging studies are proving that supplemental beta-carotene blocks the absorption of lutein. Beta-carotene also increases the risk of lung cancer among smokers. There is no beta-carotene in the eye, however, there is a high percent of lutein concentrated in the macula, so macular degeneration patients do not want to block this valuable carotenoid. Do not take Vitamin A palmitate as studies now indicate that it may increase the risk of macular degeneration and it may also increase the risk of osteoparosis, liver problems and neuro degenerative diseases. If you are deficient in Vitamin A then a physician needs to determine why and treat accordingly.

16. Get a good night’s sleep. More and more research is indicating that sleep deprivation is a major risk factor for many health problems. Sleep deprivation can suppress the immune system, increase inflammation in the body, lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep deprivation may increase your risk of optic nerve problems as well as macular degeneration. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep a night for adults.

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Michael P. Lange, O.D.
Dr. Michael P. Lange
Board Certified Optometric Physician and Board Certified Nutritional Specialist

 

You can see that many patients will require a total overhaul in their dietary habits and lifestyles, and others will have some minor adjustments. If patients would only do these 17 things faithfully we would see much less vision loss from macular degeneration and have a much healthier society. Remember there is no miracle cure for macular degeneration. However if you implement the 17 steps outlined, you will decrease your risk of going blind from macular degeneration. Keep the faith!

 


Dr. Michael P. Lange

Board Certified Optometric Physician
and Board Certified Nutritional Specialist
Lange Eye Care and Associates
The Lange Eye Institute
(Located in Central/North Central Florida)
www.LangeEyeCare.com
Dec 27, 2009

Author: Dr. Michael P. Lange is a Board Certified Optometric Physician and a Certified Nutrition Specialist who started Lange Eye Care and Associates in Ocala, Florida, in March 1993. Lange Eye Care has grown to nine locations throughout the state of Florida with three Lasik centers. The Lange Eye Institute at The Villages in central Florida is home base for many of the nutritional studies that inspired the Fortifeye Brand of vitamin supplements. Dr. Lange is one of the first doctors in the industry to utilize intracellular blood tests and blood absorption studies to improve the Fortifeye vitamin line. Dr. Lange travels the world for nutritional research gathering valuable information to continuously improve Fortifeye vitamin formulations. Dr. Lange is still involved in the clinical practice of eyecare. He is a guest lecturer, contributing author to many eyecare magazines, and a daily syndicated talk show host of ‘Ask The Doctor’ which broadcasts every weekday at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. from Tampa Bay on radio stations throughout the country and video streaming all over the world via the Internet. Detailed information on the nutritional research Dr. Lange has been involved in, and the eye vitamins and whole body formulas he has formulated, are at www.Fortifeye.com. If you are looking for a great group of eye doctors in Florida go to www.LangeEyeCare.com. For more, read this article about Dr. Michael Lange, Ocala optometrist involved in research on nutrition and UV protection, or read this biography of Dr. Michael Lange, Ocala eye doctor (optometrist).