VisiVite- A Trusted Name in Eye Vitamins.
How does VisiVite work?
Macular Degeneration treatment was evaluated in the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), a major study sponsored by the National Eye Institute, one of the Federal government’s National Institutes of Health, and conducted at 11 major medical center research facilities around the country. In that study, ingredients that are identical to those in VisiVite Original Formula were found to slow the progression of macular degeneration in those patients with intermediate or advanced disease. It is believed that the anti-oxidants and Zinc promote the continued health of the retina and tissues surrounding the retina.
What other research exists?
Since the ground-breaking Age Related Eye Disease Study, newer research points to the benefit of high-dose Lutein when taken concomitantly with the large quantities of anti-oxidants from the AREDS study in patients with macular degeneration. The Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial (LAST) was the first study to show visual improvement in patients with dry macular degeneration. And cutting-edge research has now demonstrated that a compound called Zeaxanthin may be just as important as Lutein. All VisiVite i-Defense Formulas contain FloraGLO brand Lutein, the most highly desired natural form of Lutein available. VisiVite i-Defense Gold and Green Formulas also contain OPTISHARP brand Zeaxanthin.
How are VisiVite formulas different from other vitamins?
Patients often confuse taking low-dose multiple vitamins, such as Centrum Silver or One-A-Day, as being beneficial in treating their macular degeneration.
The levels of supplement are much higher in VisiVite Formulas than in other vitamin supplements. Additionally, VisiVite contains only those substances that were scientifically proven to promote retinal health.
Can I take other vitamins with VisiVite?
If you are taking individual supplements of Vitamins A, C, or E, it is recommended that you obtain the necessary quantities of those vitamins from the VisiVite alone. If, however, you take a multi-vitamin, such as Centrum, you can continue to take that. In fact, approximately half of the patients in the AREDS study continued to take their multi-vitamins. Importantly, there was no difference in outcome between those patients taking high dose supplements alone compared with those taking high dose supplements combined with their normal multi-vitamin.
Will VisiVite interfere with my other medications?
While it is unlikely that the ingredients found in VisiVite will interfere with your other prescription medications, you should notify your primary physician before taking large-dose supplements.
Why are there multiple VisiVite formulas?
VisiVite Original Formula duplicates the ingredients in the National Eye Institute’s Age Related Eye Disease Study. But Lutein was not available at the time of that study, and is found in VisiVite i-Defense Yellow, Red, Gold and Green Formulas. Beta-carotene was shown in two large studies to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. Therefore, VisiVite i-Defense Red and Green Formulas contain no Beta-carotene for people who have habitually smoked within the past 20 years.. Finally, only VisiVite Gold and Green Formulas contain additional Zeaxanthin.
How should VisiVite be taken?
All VisiVite Formulas are taken as one capsule twice daily. It is important to continue to take VisiVite continuously. The AREDS study required a follow-up of 6 years to demonstrate clinical efficacy.
What is the policy of the FDA with respect to VisiVite?
VisiVite Formulas are considered vitamin supplements, and not drugs, and therefore cannot claim clinical effectiveness in treating a particular disease.
Doesn’t Vitamin E cause bleeding in the retina?
Wet macular degeneration is not caused by blood vessels leaking. Rather, it is caused by formation of abnormal, fragile blood vessels due to oxidative damage. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and works against the formation of these “neovascular” vessels. The only reason to avoid Vitamin E is if you are already on another blood thinner, such as Coumadin. If you are, we offer VisiVite i-Defense E-Free Formula.
Furthermore, the reason that such high quantities of vitamins are being used is that in over 600 studies prior to AREDS, vitamins in lesser doses had no beneficial effect against macular degeneration. So, it turns out that the high doses were ESSENTIAL to the success against AMD. The National Eye Institute proved that ONLY vitamins in this high range had ANY benefit against the progression of macular degeneration. They studied thousands of patients and found NO side effects when compared with placebo.
Two hundred National Eye Institute scientists studied every detail in nearly 4000 patients over a 5 year period. For common questions and answers regarding the benefits and side effects of macular degeneration vitamins, we refer you to the National Eye Institute’s web site below:
The following are true testimonial accounts of customers using VisiVite Macular Degeneration Supplements.
I have been taking VisiVite daily for the last 3 years, and I have not had any progression of macular degeneration during this three year period.
I have been ordering the VisiVite smokers formula for my father since the fall of 2002, and I am very satisfied with your company’s service.
I’m pleased to let you know that after 2+ years of taking VisiVite Gold formula supplement and most of a year with Co-Defense vitamin supplement, my dry macular degeneration hasn’t progressed at all. Since so much of life as I know it hinges on having reasonably good vision, I’m thankful that I found out about VisiVite. I have let my eye doctor know what I’m doing to preserve my vision, and he approves of the results.
I’ve been taking the original formula for two years. After two eye check-ups, my macular degeneration was stable the first time and a very slight increase was noted today but basically my eyes are stable. My doctor says taking this formula can only help and he says my degeneration is not a concern at this point. I plan to stay on the formula for quite some time.
I consider myself uniquely qualified to comment on Co-defense tablets which I have been taking now for nearly three years. Before commencing with VisiVite tablets I was suffering severe distortion of vision as a golfer when standing over the ball it appeared at times to waver back and forwards not good for my handicap . I was referred to Moorefield’s Hospital in London who diagnosed severe Dry form M.D. said there was no treatment available but consoled me with the assurance that if it got worse i.e. developed into the wet form, they would provide emergency laser treatment to stop any internal bleeding. Having read on the internet about the AREDS trials I asked the Consultant whether it was worth trying. He advised they had no experience but suggested I try it out. This led me to the VisiVite site and I have religiously taken the tablets ever since. The outcome was a gradual improvement in my vision and a reduction in the distortion. At my annual eye checks my Optician claims my sight has strengthened over each of the last two years. He now advises other clients to try the AREDS formulae. At nearly 75 years of age I am grateful to AREDS/VisiVite for improving my quality of life in the remaining years.
I have been taking VisiVite Gold for about 2 years. I am relieved to say that my retina specialist is very pleased with my films. The macula degeneration has not progressed in this time frame. I also have been taking your Co-defense vitamins, and have not had a cold in over a year, even though there have been terrible colds and flu in our house. I am delighted with your products.
Yours very truly,
Since I have been taking the VisiVite vitamins for the macular Degeneration that I have, I can tell a difference. I am so glad that these vitamins came out and that I found out about them. Before I ordered these from VisiVite, I tried to order the vitamins for the macular that was for smokers. This lady told me that there was no difference in the vitamins. I had a heated discussion with her in regard to this. I received a pamphlet from your company about the difference and I sent a copy of this to the people that run a Vitamin store here in our town. She called me and told me that she appreciated this information and that she had not been aware of the difference. Thanks so much for all the new products that you come out with that are helping people like me.
I have used the VisiVite Smoker’s Formula for over two years and so far so good. My retina specialist recommended it.
After using VisiVite for 4 years, I am truly convinced that they are responsible for stabilizing my macular degeneration. I plan to continue using them for the duration.
I have been using your products ever since I was diagnosis with ARMD in my left eye 2 & 1/2 years ago. My doctor did not believe nutrition would have much of an effect on the disease. I went on line and did as much research as possible on the disease, treatments and possible impact of a nutrition. Most of what I learned was that diet and vitamins did have a positive affect on the disease. I began taking Co-defense and VisiVite i-Defense Gold formula almost immediately. I also has an experimental procedure on my left eye to stop the bleeding. The procedure was very successful. I can’t say it was the medical procedure or the vitamins or a combination of both but my vision has improver to 20/25 in my left eye and my doctor says I am doing great. I will continue taking the vitamins and hopefully I will continue to hear from my doctor “You are doing great”.
My 90 year-old mother is suffering from Macular Degeneration. She has been taking the VisiVite plus formula for two years and then, for the third year, the VisiVite i-defense gold formula . She is convinced that the regular consumption of the capsules is having a good effect on her and that the visibility situation has stabilized. Sometimes Mom is even thinking, that her visibility has improved. As a consequence I have recommended the VisiVite formula to several people with macular degeneration in the Zurich area. To my knowledge these people have, just as my mother, become regular customers of VisiVite products.
About 10 years ago my husband went for a routine eye examination for glasses. At that time the doctor suggested he go to a specialist and have his eyes checked before he could prescribe glasses. Well we made an appointment and after going thru many tests the doctor said he had Macular Degeneration and it was too late to do anything for the left eye and he would have to have the right eye checked every six months to see if it was starting. So of course we started to look into vitamins that were known to keep the eyes healthy and happened to talk to someone that had the same problem and was going to the VA Hospital for check ups. They suggested VisiVite as it had many vitamins in it that proved helpful for good eye health. He has been taking these along with other supplements and thank God the right eye has been healthy and we go to the specialist every 6 months to have it checked. Along with him giving up smoking and taking these vitamins hopefully this will slow down this disease or prevent it affecting the right eye.
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