Pros: Slows Down Macular Degeneration
Cons: Large Capsules can be a bit hard to swallow.
Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that mostly affects the elderly and slowly takes away their eyesight.
Several years ago my father was diagnosed with macular degeneration. He had Dry Macular Degeneration in one eye (where his eye was not producing enough fluids and causing his vision to blur), and Wet Macular Degeneration in the other (blood vessels in the macula part of his eye caused a large black dot in the center of his vision). When I took my dad to his ophthalmologist, he was prescribed two things - the first was Natural Tears to keep the dry eye moist. The second was Bausch and Lomb Ocuvite Vitamins.
The Bausch and Lomb company developed and market Ocuvite. Their website states that a ten year study by the National Eye Institute reports that there is a unique vitamin and mineral supplement clinically proven to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and its associated vision loss among patients most at risk.
The bottle of Ocuvite that we purchased had 36 capsules in it. Since my dad was told to take one a day, the bottle lasted him a bit longer than a month. When we bought them, the bottles cost around $12.00, but now are selling for $14.39 at our pharmacy.
The vitamins are large capsules containing Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and Copper. The recommended intake is one to two capsules daily. Some doctors recommend more than that dosage.
What Dads Ophthalmologist Said
My fathers doctor highly recommended the use of Ocuvite. He told my dad the same thing that Bausch and Lomb claim, that studies have proven this supplement to slow down macular degeneration The use of Ocuvite cannot reverse the damage already caused by his wet macular degeneration, but it will slow down the degeneration of the dry eye and can keep him from developing the wet MD in that eye.
The doctor also said that he thinks all senior citizens should take this vitamin, whether they have eye problems or not. He said the use of this vitamin, can help keep the eyes healthy and fend off macular degeneration.
When we left the doctors office, we stopped by the pharmacy to purchase the Ocuvite and the Natural Tears. We did not need a written prescription as both items are sold over the counter.
When we found the Ocuvite on the pharmacy shelf, my dad picked up three bottles of them. I thought he was stocking up for several months in advance. But when we got home he handed me a bottle of them and set a bottle in my mothers box of medicines. He gave both of us instructions to take them so that we wouldnt have to go through what he is going through with the macular degeneration.
My dad added the Ocuvite to his chart of medicines and took it faithfully every day. Every six months he had to have his eyes checked. The macular degeneration never got any worse. In fact, after a couple of months of taking the Ocuvite, he said that he thought the black dot in the middle of his wet MD eye was smaller. When he asked his doctor about the dot getting smaller, the doctor affirmed that this is possible. He said, however, that it would never go completely away, but there are cases when the dot gets smaller. We believe that it was the Ocuvite that kept him from getting worse.
None of us had any side effects from the Ocuvite. Even though the capsule is somewhat large, we did not have any trouble swallowing it and it never upset our stomachs.
I took the Ocuvite vitamins that my dad gave me until the bottle ran out. I havent bought another bottle because it is a bit too expensive (at $15.00 per bottle). I am not quite considered a senior citizen yet. SO, I am waiting until I get my little Mr. No-Up-Or-Down out of college then I will start purchasing/taking Ocuvite again.
One of my co-workers told me that her doctor said anyone who spends a lot of time looking at a computer screen should use Natural Tear supplements and take Ocuvite. People staring at computer screens dont blink as often as they should which tends to dry out their eyes. The Natural Tear/Ocuvite regimen can prevent the onset of Macular Degeneration.
Many of our Epinions friends spend a lot of time writing, reading, and rating reviews on the computer. We must remember to take care of our eye friends so that we can keep laughing with our Epi friends in our little community. Take your Ocuvite daily.
Thank yall for reading.