During these crazy times you want to go to the local vitamin store and get some vitamin c, vitamin d, quercetin and zinc, omega 3 or anything else that may help to boost your immune system . However you go and find the shelfs empty for what you are looking for. Fortifeye Vitamins will help to remedy this problem in the Tampa/ Clearwater area by opening a new nutrition center/ vitamin store in Clearwater on McMullen Booth road in Bayside Bridge Plaza next to Publix. This will not be the typical vitamin store. The nutrition center will carry the entire line of Fortifeye Vitamins and Fortifeye Performance Nutrition line as well. These are vitamins usually found through your health care provider and are not sold at typical health food stores. The Clearwater vitamin center will also have other brands that have been hand picked by Dr Michael Lange and Doc Hall and must pass their tests of purity. All supplements in the Fortifeye Nutrition Center will be free of artificial flavors, sucralose, aspartame, carrageenan, dyes and anything else that may cause potential health concerns. this new nutrition center will be open sometime in October 2020. come on by! learn more about Fortifeye Vitamins at http://www.fortifeye.com
Dr Michael Lange and Fortifeye Vitamins has developed a new grass-fed whey protein concentrate from New Zealand A2 cows called Fortifeye Super Protein. This protein will be available in the middle of December and will come in 2 flavors: chocolate and vanilla. Dr. Lange used about 10% more organic flavoring along with organic sunflower lecithin to make both have a delicious creamy taste. These A2 cows have not gone thru any genetic mutations altering the casein protein the way A1 cows have. Very few grass-fed whey proteins come from A2 cows. These cows are free range and feed on pesticide free grass all year-long. This whey protein concentrate will have a higher ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 than a grain fed protein. The CLA ( good fat) will also be higher in a grass-fed whey protein concentrate over a grain fed protein. This whey protein has not been denatured with high heat or acid maintaining the correct form of cysteine a very important amino acid responsible for glutathione production. Glutathione is the “master antioxidant” responsible for fighting against oxidative stress in our bodies. A non denatured or undenatured whey protein concentrate from grass-fed cows is also a great way to get additional lactoferrin a very important anti aging multifunctional protein that improves the immune system. Lactoferrrin has been found to be low in people with dry eye syndrome. Drinking a non denatured whey protein concentrate from grass-fed New Zealand A2 cows may be a good idea for all people suffering with dry eyes. Dr Michael Lange of The Lange Eye Institute has many patients with dry eye that have claimed to have reduced dry eye symptoms after consuming a non denatured whey protein concentrate. So along with the traditional dry eye approach doctors may want to add whey protein to the diet of their patients suffering with dry eyes. Dr. Lange will start a small clinical study using Fortifeye Super Protein with specific dry eye patients to determine if there is some merit to this hypothesis. Learn more about the science behind this new whey protein concentrate : www.newzealandwheyproteinconcentrate.com
If you are wanting to supplement your diet with the most biologically active form of protein and stimulate your immune system with a great tasting whey protein concentrate then consider Fortifeye Super Protein. This protein will be available thru health care providers that carry Fortifeye Vitamins and at https://www.fortifeye.com/products/fortifeye-super-protein-chocolate-available-end-of-november-2015-we-are-taking-pre-orders/
Dr Michael Lange urges everyone to block the blue light form the daily digital world we live in. Using lenses like Blue Light Defense and Ophthalmic Blue Guard will filter the harmful blue rays.
The HEV light or Blue light emitted from the computer, tablet, smart phone, television and indoor lighting may be causing harm to your children and yourself! The blue light wave length between 400-420 nm ,science now states is the most harmful to the eyes and entire body. Ophthalmic Blue guard and Blue Light Defense are lenses that Dr Michael Lange from Lange Eye Care has been using for eight months with tremendous success! This lens is the biggest thing to hit the ophthalmic industry states Dr Lange. The blue light not only increases risk of cataracts and macular degeneration at a much younger age but it signals the pineal gland in the brain to stop secreting melatonin! When melatonin levels go down sleep becomes impaired and cortisol and inflammation goes up in the body. also new studies indicate when melatonin levels drop certain cancers go up in the body. Ophthalmic Blue Guard and Blue Light Defense are true anti aging lenses and all lenses in the near future should have this type of protection . read more and order here : http://www.fortifeye.com/category/ophthalmic-blue-guard-lenses/ look over this video as Dr Lange demonstrates how Blue Guard Lenses work :
Michael Lange OD discusses Natural Treatment for Dry Eyes and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Michael Lange OD, CNS founder of Lange Eye care and Associates a ten office based eye care practice in Florida. Dr. Michael Lange has built one of the largest privately owned Nutritional eye care centers in the country called The Lange Eye institute. This is a large practice embracing the most advanced technology in medical, surgical, nutritional and optical eye care . Michael Lange OD has been involved in research and development of nutritional supplements for eye care for the last 20 years. Dr. Lange is constantly re developing supplements to help macular degeneration and dry eyes. He is using the very latest in intracellular blood testing ( spectracell), omega index blood testing and DNA testing to further enhance the nutritional approaches to eye diseases and total body wellness. Lange Eye Care and Dr. Lange have patients that come from all over the globe to learn about natural options to helping their eyes. One area Dr. Lange has had considerable success in is the Natural treatment of dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction.
1. Blepharitis a main causes of dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction is a build up of microbial flora on the eye lashes and inside the Meibomian glands. This condition causes the lids to become quite inflamed ,red and crusty . Proper lid hygiene is crucial as the first step of natural dry eye relief. Dr. Lange recommends scrubbing the lids and lid margins with a commercial preparation like occusoft lid scrub foam. This scrubbing will eliminate much of the bacterial flora on the lashes that can block the Meibomian glands that secrete the outer layer of the tear film. This lid scrub with occusoft will help to reduce the staph bacterial flora and open the blocked meibomian glands. If a patient continues to have a chronic red eye with inflamed lid margins then it could be a form of blepharitis related to a parasite called Demodex. Demodex is a small parasite that crawls into the hair follicle at night and lays eggs. The demodex may cause lids to become red, inflamed, crusty , and itch ( demodex blepharitis). It is important to wipe the lashes and lid margins with a special pre medicated pad called cliradex right before bed. Cliradex has the demodex killing properties derived from tea tree oil and is extremely effective for the treatment of demodex related blepharitis and secondary dry eyes. Scrub lashes first with occusoft, rinse then rub the Cliradex onto lashes and lids before bed and do not rinse. This combination of lid hygiene will help to eliminate the microbial flora ( staph and demodex) that is blocking the Meibomian glands and causing the dry eyes. Proper lid hygiene is one of the most important steps in natural treatment of dry eye.
2. Nutrition for dry eyes is the most important step in natural dry eye treatment. The majority of Americans are deficient in omega 3 with an Omega index score around 4 . Omega index is the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in blood. Omega index should be over 8 to gain the therapeutic health benefits. Take a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil with a minimum of 1500 mg of omega 3
The correct dosage of omega 3 will reduce inflammation in the Meibomian glands and improve the tear production. Most patients after taking the correct form omega 3 supplement in the right dosage will have a dramatic improvement in the tear production from the Meibomian glands. Fortifeye Super Omega gives the ratio of DHA and EPA that has been working in large dry eye clinics through out the world. Omega index studies indicate that two per day dosing of Fortifeye Super Omega will bring the omega index to an average between 9.1 and 11 in patients under 240 lbs. The goal is to bring the omega index to a minimum of 8. People over 240 lbs may need to double the concentration of omega 3 to get the same results. Most patients with dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction will improve by starting the correct dosage and form of omega 3 fish oil. However some moderate to marked dry eye symptoms may need some additional nutritional help. I recommend adding the most potent antioxidant /anti inflammatory nutrient on the planet called astaxanthin at 6mg.
Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega.
Astaxanthin for dry eye is rapidly gaining a strong foothold in the natural medicine realm. Astaxanthin is a super carotenoid derived from algae. Astaxanthin when added to omega 3 fish oil will enhance the anti inflammatory effects. Astaxanthin will also help to reduce dry tired eye symptoms. Astaxanthin has many other amazing health benefits. I recommend using an organically grown algae called astareal. The combination of triglyceride form omega 3 and 6 mg of astaxanthin will help combat against oxidation and inflammation in the eye and entire body. This combination will also improve circulation to the eye and may indirectly help other eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. One final nutrient that can be added for the more extreme dry eye is GLA from Black currant seed oil. I like a ratio of close to 10 to 1 GLA to omega 3. 140-160 mg of GLA in addition to 1400-1600 mg of omega 3 fish oil is ideal. The exact combination can be obtained by taking two Fortifeye super omega along with 140mg- 160 mg of GLA. GLA has some additional anti inflammatory properties that stimulate series one prostaglandins and aids in healthy tear production. The triple whammy of dry eye nutrition is TG form omega 3, Astaxanthin and GLA. GLA for dry eye when used in combination with omega 3 and astaxanthin works very well. This combination is also great for skin and joint health
3. Meibomian glands often times need a jump-start to help them secrete a healthier tear film. Heating and massaging the lid margins is crucial to unclog the meibomian glands so the glands can secrete the crucial outer layer of tear film. This needs to be done for 10-15 minutes 2 times a day. The use of a warm wash cloth is an inexpensive way to do this but I have found that the Brueder Mask is the best way to continuously do this treatment. This is a mask that u put in microwave for 20 seconds and then Velcro around your face for 10-15 minutes two times a day. While the mask is on the eyes gently massage the lid margins to help un clog the blocked glands. This mask will also help cut inflammation around and under the eyes. The Brueder eye hydrating mask can last up to two to three years without being replaced. This mask is only $25 and makes the hot compresses a very simple and relaxing task.
4. Artificial tears are important to use frequently in initial phases of natural dry eye treatment. Using a good unpreserved artificial tear that has some hyaluranic acid for relief of dry eyes is my first choice. I recommend either Oasis tears plus or Blink to minimize dry eye symptomatology and both have hyaluronic acid in them . Hyaluaronic acid has some anti inflammatory effects and makes these two lubricating eye drops my first choice for dry eyes. For the extreme dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction patients I like adding a special lubricating eye drop called Retain MGD. Retain MGD helps to replenish the outer lipid layer of tear film that may be deficient in Meibomian gland dysfunction patients. This combination helps to replenish all layers of the tear film. Combining oasis tears plus with Retain MGD with about ten minutes in between drops will help extreme dry eyes.
Michael Lange OD states if the four steps above are followed carefully most people with dry eye and meibomian gland problems will improve. Many people will notice improvements in as little as five days but it will take up to four months to gain the full potential for dry eyes. These steps will in many cases eliminate the need to have more expensive dry eye procedures like Meibomian gland probing, lipiflow dry eye treatment or IPL laser dry eye treatment performed. Dry eye kits including everything mentioned above are available at a discounted price at http://www.fortifeye.com. I recommend all readers of this blog see their local optometrist or ophthalmologist if they have any problems with their eyes. This blog is for educational purposes only. If you are in the Florida area come by one of the 10 Lange Eye Care locations. http://www.langeeyecare.com , http://www.drmichaellange.com
Everything discussed in this article can be purchased at http://www.fortifeye.com or u can call 866 503 9746
Michael Lange OD, CNS (Board Certified Optometric Physician and Certified Nutrition Specialist) 10/06/2013