ASK THE EYE DOC

Dr. Alpert responds to readers' questions about eye vitamins

Matt Alpert, O.D., is the owner and lead optometrist at Alpert Vision Care in Woodland Hills, CA.

After the March Ask the Eye Doc column was published ("What are eye vitamins and will they help my deteriorating vision?"), many of you wrote in to ask about recommended brands and dosage.

There are many different brands of ocular supplements on the market. Bausch and Lomb makes a number of good ones, and here are two worth mentioning:

  • The PreserVision® formula is from the AREDS Study and is intended for people that already have early signs of macular degeneration.
  • Also, the Ocuvite® formulas are good for supporting general eye health.

With so many vitamin choices on pharmacy shelves, you need to make sure you don't overdo it by taking multiple times more than the recommended amount of any vitamin. If you already take a multivitamin, you'll need to be especially careful when choosing eye vitamins. Talk to your eye doctor before you start taking any new or additional vitamins.

The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your eyecare doctor or physician for actual advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This article is the work of the attributed author and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of VSP. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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