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Eye vitamin: The Age-related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) showed that high doses of certain vitamins slowed the progression of vision loss in age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Ocu-vite is a combination similar to what was used in this study. I recommend eye vitamins for those wish to lower their risk of ARMD, the most common cause of blindness in the elderly. ...Read more
Ocuvite Antioxidants: Ocuvite was formulated in the early 80's for eye doctors to recommend to our patients but us M.D.'s were unable or unwilling to tell our patients about the benefits of antioxidants in decreasing eye problems like macular degeneration. Then Bausch & Lomb bought them and brought them to the masses after the FDA study proved their valuable results. Only then did skeptical (backward) doctors use them ...Read more
Taste loss: This is a rare, but reported, side effect of ocuvite. I have not personally encounted it in patients, but ironically, zinc (present in ocuvite) has been used to increase the sense of taste. You could discuss this with your treating eye doctor, and consider discontinuing the supplement to see if the taste recovers, as there may be other causes of taste loss as well. ...Read more
Probably not: Ocuvite is specifically formulated to help slow the progression of macualr degeneration. Most ocuvite versions are combinations of anti-oxident vitamins and high dose zinck. At this time, there is no know benefit of ocuvite to the disease glaucoma. See a glaucoma specialist to see if glaucoma is even a worry for you. ...Read more
Macular degeneration: Ocuvite has been tested and proven to delay the progression of macular degeneration. It has not been tested for any other issue. For instance, no one believes it will correct ordinary refractive needs (for glasses). Ocuvite will not harm you if you take it (except for the cost) but may not be actually helpful for any other condition. ...Read more
Eye vitamins: Ocuvites are eye vitamins that help prevent macula degeneration. They contain many of the vitamins that are important in maintaining the health of the eyes. They are great vitamins. ...Read more
Does ocuvite improve my eye condition? My eyes are usually blurry. I spend more than twelve hours in front of screen.
Ocuvite: I am not familiar with your 1st med. Areds approved eye vitamins are for elderly or high risk patient with macular drusen degeneration. If you are young ; healthy like your photo, you would do well with a generic multivit with good antioxidants. ...Read more
I recently noticed puffiness under my eyes when I had pink eye even after my pink eye got better...Is ocuvite good for puffiness?
Time, not vitamin: If you had an eye infection and the eyelids were swollen, it can take time for the swelling to resolve. In some people the swelling is there for a long time, and gravity can make the fluid settle in pockets beneath the eyes. Cool compresses and keeping the head elevated some while sleeping can speed recovery. If the infection is not fully treated, chronic inflammation can make the swelling go on. ...Read more
Is there any benefit to taking occuvite? My 63 year old husband thinks it will prevent long distance vision getting worse.
Depends on Dx: If your husband has been diagnosed with age related macular degeneration, then if his is moderately advanced, taking an areds2 formulation (ocuvite, icaps, preservision) reduced the rate of advanced amd in people at high risk by about 25 percent over a 6-year period. Otherwise, taking this formula will not prevent developing or cure macular degeneration. ...Read more
Yes, to a degree: The age related eye disease study (areds) showed that individuals at risk for macuar degeneration had a significant decrease or delay in developing the disease when they took these vitamins vs. Those who did not. It does not prevent the disease completely, but it is the single best option that we have available at this point. If you smoke, avoid the vitamin a formula vitamins. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more