New technology and proper nutrition may decrease vision loss from macular degeneration.

New technology and proper nutrition when combined may decrease needless vision loss from macular degeneration states Dr Michael Lange

Dr Michael Lange an optometric physician and certified nutrition specialist says the way we diagnose and initiate treatment for macular degeneration is changing. Dr Lange is the owner of Lange Eye Care and Associates a large optometric / ophthalmological eye care center in Florida consisting of 10 locations. The key with dry macular degeneration is early detection and then start the patient on the appropriate dietary plan and regiment of supplements. Dr Lange states that specific lifestyle changes are a very important aspect of helping the macular degenerative patients as well. Many new discoveries in technology and nutrition are proving to be beneficial for the macular degeneration patient. The doctors at Lange Eye Care in Florida are helping patients become pro active in their future eye health. Dr Lange says we are seeing fewer patients progressing to legal blindness if they follow some specific recommendations we make.

DNA testing for macular degeneration has really opened our eyes on the way we make nutritional recommendations for our patients. We use a DNA test called Macular Risk that is a simple in office cheek swab that is covered by most insurance and medicare. Any of our patients that have any early signs of macular degeneration will have this DNA test done in the office. The results take about six weeks and will give the doctor an idea of how aggressive the macular degeneration may be based on a scale 1-5. This DNA test also allows us to determine if zinc is actually good for the retina of this particular patient or potentially bad for the patient. New studies indicate that close to 50% of patients that have specific DNA for macular degeneration need to be taking supplements without zinc! This new science is allowing us to customize the vitamin formulations our macular degeneration patients take. Most OTC macular degeneration vitamins have 80 mg of zinc oxide that may be toxic to many patients. Fortifeye Vitamins was the first in the industry to address this with a zinc free macular degeneration supplement. This is a whole body supplement not just an eye vitamin that we recommend quite often clinically based on these DNA tests. to learn more go to , Optometrists and Ophthalmologists must test DNA if they are making nutritional recommendations for macular degeneration. Dr Lange believes if we make the retina healthier then we make the entire body healthier and vice versa. If DNA testing is not done for whatever reason, Dr Lange recommends patients with frequent Urinary tract infections, neuro degeneration, prostate issues or kidney problems to avoid zinc and he does not recommend going any higher than 40 mg of zinc in others without doing DNA testing. Dr Lange says we have seen many patients actually improve once we have put them on DNA directed nutritional supplements and diets. We will also make specific dietary recommendations based on the results of the DNA, some foods are much higher than others in zinc. The take home message for this is Test patients DNA whenever conditions warrant. This DNA test will also help the doctor determine how often and what additional test will need to be run on each patient. A patient with a risk factor of five will warrant more frequent office visits and specific retina tests versus a risk 1.

Dr Michael Lange is using Zinc Free Macular Defense by Fortifeye on close to 50% of the patients he sees with ARMD. This is a formula Dr Lange developed and has been using for some time. Fortifeye Vitamins has six different levels of supplements that can be recommended by eye care providers based on weight, age, disease level and DNA. Dr Lange states ” everyone’s DNA is different and therefore everyone’s nutritional recommendations wont be the same”. Dr Lange also believes in discussing specific dietary recommendations with his macular degeneration patients. He will recommend patients consuming foods that are high in lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin and resveratrol. He recommends patients try to follow a gluten-free organic paleo diet, get plenty of exercise, hydration and sleep. He really pushes Omega 3 from fish or good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil like Fortifeye Super Omega. Dr Lange says that all the science is so positve for taking the correct form of omega 3. The essential fatty acids in omgea three act like a shuttle system for the carotenoids and increase the absorption. Taking omega 3 fish oil while taking the new Fortifeye Zinc Free Macular Defense is what Dr Michael Lange recommends.

Science has concluded that not only the UV light from the sun is harmful to the eye but maybe even more harmful is the Blue light. Blue light is emitted from both natural and artificial light sources during the day and night. The doctors at Lange Eye Care recommend all patients especially macular degeneration patients use either Blu Tech lenses ,crizal Prevencia or Viso Prevensia. These are new generation lenses that block UV and also have blue filtering properties as well. Dr Lange says it is crucial to filter the blue light in patients especially macular degeneration patients after cataract surgery. More and more evidence is emerging promoting the potential ocular health benefits and overall health benefits from filtering the blue light.,

Dr Michael Lange is very excited about a new at home monitoring device developed for macular degeneration patients called Foresee Home AMD Monitoring program. Dr Lange’s office will be one of the first eye care centers in the country to utilize this technology. This is the first FDA cleared home telemonitoring system for macular degeneration patients. ForeseeHome allows patients to take a proactive role in preserving their vision at home. This advanced technology allows for the detection of early macular changes before the patients is aware. The device transmits the results of the test daily to a monitoring center via a cellular modem or phone line. This device has been clinically proven to be extremely sensitive at picking up the earliest change from dry macular degeneration to the more visually devastating form called wet macular degeneration. The data center then alerts the doctors office of the potential changes in the patients retina and allows for much earlier intervention by the retina specialist to lessen the potential damage!

In summary the combination of DNA testing to know what nutritional recommendation to make combined with filtering the blue light may have a positive impact on decreasing the chances of dry armd from converting to wet armd. Then daily at home testing with ForeseeHome will alert the physician at the earliest time for potential dry armd turning wet. Remember the key is early detection. Doctors can utilize the new DNA testing to help gauge what supplements and who will need the at home testing device. Patients with macular degeneration or a family history of macular degeneration need to see Optometrists and Ophthalmologists that are in tune with this new technology. This combination of advanced technology and nutrition will enhance peoples lives by helping to preserve their vision.

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New Zinc Free Macular Degeneration Vitamin developed by Michael Lange OD

The first Zinc Fee Genotype Directed Macular Degeneration Vitamin developed by Michael Lange OD for Fortifeye Vitamins.

Zinc Free Fortifeye Macular Defense

Zinc Free Fortifeye Macular Defense

Michael Lange OD, CNS has been involved in clinical nutritional research for macular degeneration for many years. This new formula takes all the latest research and incorporates it into one formula. Zinc Free Fortifeye Macular Defense uses a unique delivery system that uses a USP certified tablet with micro beadlets inside that allows different absorption rates for specific nutrients.  The micro beadlets contain the lutein and zeaxanthin isomers ( zeaxanthin and meso zeaxanthin) allowing them to have maximum absorption later in the digestive tract.  This new formula has no beta-carotene or vitamin A, no Zinc, no synthetic dyes or synthetic nutrients in a tablet that most people can swallow quite easily.   Some of the newer nutrients that Michael Lange OD has determined may be beneficial to retina ans well as over all health are used in this new formula.  This new supplement isn’t only an eye vitamin but also an entire body nutrient. This is your eye vitamin, multi vitamin, vegie and fruit blend and enzymes all in one.  This was developed for patients that have been told zinc is bad for their health or bad for their retina. New DNA testing can be done on a patient that will determine if zinc is good or bad.  Dr. Michael Lange recommends MDs and ODs routinely doing these DNA tests on their patients to determine if their patients should be on Zinc Free Macular Defense or Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense ( with zinc) .  Michael Lange OD, CNS is the first Doctor in the world to test his macular degeneration patients DNA and then start them on Fortifeye Zinc Free Macular Defense supplements.  Dr. Lange states ” we have been seeing some amazing positive changes in our macular degeneration patients when we  adjust their diets, life styles and supplements, it will be exciting to see how much more of a positive impact we will have now using DNA directed supplements for macular degeneration”! Learn more and order here

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Michael Lange OD develops new all in one eye vitamin / multivitamin.

Fortifeye Complete Once Daily

Fortifeye Complete Once Daily

Fortifeye Complete Once Daily  one of the most powerful multivitamins available.

Michael Lange OD has just developed an all new multivitamin / eye vitamin.  This supplement called Fortifeye Complete Once Daily has all the antioxidants necessary to help slow down oxidation and inflammation in one uniquely designed tablet.  This tablet is USP certified and has a new generation delivery system using micro beadlets inside the tablet to maximize the absorption of specific nutrients like lutein, zeaxanthin and meso zeaxanthin.  Michael Lange OD states some nutrients are released quickly and some nutrients are releases at a slower rate. This system maximizes the absorption of the antioxidants.  This supplement is a new vitamin in the Fortifeye line of Genotype directed nutritional supplements for macular degeneration. This is an ideal multivitamin for anyone however.   Michael Lange OD wanted something that is all natural without the use of any synthetic dyes, synthetic nutrients or trans fats. The outer coating is derived from oranges and vanilla bean. This is your multivitamin, eye vitamin, veggie and fruit cap and enzymes all in one pill.   This supplement is great when taken alone as a regiment of anti aging or for maximum benefit combine with Fortifeye Super Omega and Fortifeye Focus.  Dr. Lange calls the three combined the Tripple Whammy against aging in the eye and entire body.  You can purchase these products through many local Optometrists or Ophthalmologist offices or go to the web at to learn more


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Michael Lange OD discusses Natural Dry Eye Treatment.

Dry eye nutrition by Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist


Natural Dry Eye Treatment that really works by Michael Lange OD, CNS

At some time during all of our lives we will experience dry eyes. The symptoms of dry eyes can be very mild or quite debilitating.  Michael Lange OD, has been using Natural dry eye treatment for his patients for 20 years with great success.  He has compiled a list that has helped 1000s of dry eye patients;

1. Take 1600 mg of a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil like Fortifeye Super Omega. This form of omega 3 fish oil will help to improve the Meibomian gland functioning and secrete a healthier outer lipid layer of the tear film.  Take 1600 mg a day if you weigh less than 200 lbs and take 3-4 per day if you are heavier.

2.  Heat the Meibomian glands with a warm wash cloth or a Bruder mask for 10- 15 minutes two times a…

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Anti aging nutrient Astaxanthin is great for the eyes, Michael Lange OD, CNS

Fortifeye Focus with 6 mg astaxanthin and 6 mg lutein and 400 mcg zeaxanthin

Fortifeye Focus with 6 mg astaxanthin and 6 mg lutein and 400 mcg zeaxanthin

A very popular nutrient called Astaxanthin is being advertised as the hottest nutrient for anti aging.  Michael Lange OD says this carotenoid called astaxanthin is also great for the eyes.  Astaxanthin can improve accommodative ability and decrease inflammation in the eyes.  Watch this video  with Michael Lange OD discussing the powers of Astaxanthin:

learn moare about a litrtle black and red gel cap called Fortifeye Focus developed by Dr Michael Lange

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Michael Lange OD develops genotype-directed nutritional therapy for macular degeneration

Michael Lange OD has developed the first zinc free genotype-directed supplement for macular degeneration.

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and talk show host

Michael Lange OD, CNS has developed genotype-directed nutritional therapy for macular degeneration patients.

Michael Lange OD has been involved in the research and development of nutritional supplements for eye care for nearly 20 years he has followed all of the studies related to nutrition, DNA and Macular degeneration very closely. He has developed an entire line of genotype-directed supplements for macular degeneration under Fortifeye Vitamins name.

Dr. Langes most recent development is a zinc free antioxidant for macular degeneration patients in response to new study recently published. The newest studies suggest that a percentage of macular degeneration patients with specific genotypes may actually be harmed by taking zinc and some may benefit from taking zinc and antioxidants. The only way to determine whether zinc is good or bad is to have a genetic DNA test for macular degeneration. This is a simple in office DNA test that will determine what…

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Antioxidants and zinc in Age related Macular Degeneration by Michael Lange OD, CNS

I think most Optometrists and ophthalmologists will now agree that nutritional supplements are beneficial for macular degeneration patients. AREDS 1 and AREDS 2 studies have helped us to determine what is good and what is bad for our patients.  There are also many other good nutritional studies that influence the optometrist or ophthalmologist in a specific nutritional regiment. I think most nutritional eye care experts will agree that beta-carotene, synthetic high dosages of vitamin e, high dosage of zinc oxide, F, D and C red, yellow and blue dye are all bad in an eye vitamin.  Many studies are now linking potential beneficial effects of resveratrol, lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, coq-10, acetyl l carnatine, alpha lipoic acid, B complex, green tea polyphenols, taurine, bilberry, blueberry, vitamin D3, triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil and many more to retinal health.

Genetic testing is now coming into play when making recommendations of specific nutritional supplements for macular degeneration.  A patient can now walk into an eye doctors office and have a specific genetic test done that will help the doctor to determine what specific antioxidants  may or may not be beneficial for their macular degeneration. A very recent analysis of a genetic database of patients in the AREDS study supports the pharmacogenomic selection of nutritional supplements for macular degeneration.  This analysis found that patients with certain specific genotypes  may react differently to zinc.  Some of these patients  react favorably to the intake of zinc along with antioxidants and some react negatively to zinc when combined with antioxidants.  Patients will need to get a genetic test done to help determine whether or not they should be on a zinc free eye vitamin or an eye vitamin with zinc.

Fortifeye Vitamins has always stayed abreast of the changing nutritional times and have updated their formulas 10 times over the last seven years based on the most recent science.  Fortifeye is about  to release a zinc free eye vitamin for macular degeneration.  This supplement will contain all of the latest nutritional science in one bottle.  A certain group of patients that have genetic testing done for macular degeneration will be in the need of an antioxidant that has no zinc. This Fortifeye Zinc free macular degeneration vitamin will be available by the end of   September 2013.  call 866 503 9746 or , this is an evolving area of nutritional eye care that I will keep everyone posted on my talk show “ask the dr” and thru various publications on the internet.  Michael Lange OD, CNS

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