Affecting nearly 11 million Americans, age-related eye health issues are the leading cause of vision impairment in people over 50. As you may know, many people have risk factors indicating a heightened chance for developing these issues, but most don’t know until it’s too late. It’s critical to educate patients about these risk factors, what vision changes to look for, and what they can do.
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to start the education process. Recommending an AREDS 2 formula like EyePromise AREDS 2 Plus Multi-Vitamin is standard care for patients identified with age-related eye health issues. But what can be done for patients with risk factors and little to no signs of developing issues?
If you answered “Recommend EyePromise Restore“, you’re correct! But what’s the difference between Restore and AREDS 2 Plus?
EyePromise updated the Restore formula in 2018 to better promote healthy eyes for patients at risk for or with early signs of age-related eye health issues. With the addition of CoQ10 and the B Vitamins, Restore is designed to enhance a patient’s natural protection in the retina (macular pigment) for better visual function. Matching the macular pigment’s natural ratio, EyePromise Restore has double the zeaxanthin than it does lutein, and a single softgel contains 8 mg of the powerful carotenoid responsible for protecting central vision.
AREDS 2 Plus
EyePromise created the AREDS 2 Plus eye vitamins for patients like those studied in the AREDS 2 clinical trial. These AREDS 2 formulas contain the same main ingredients (Vitamins C and E, zinc, zeaxanthin, and lutein) PLUS additional essential nutrients demonstrated to support healthy vision.
Along with a multi-vitamin equivalent, AREDS 2 Plus Multi-Vitamin contains 10 mg of zeaxanthin and 10 mg of lutein. It also contains Vitamin D and Omega-3s, ingredients that have demonstrated positive effects on age-related eye health issues. Though the original AREDS 2 clinical trial included 80 mg of zinc, the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board notes that the safe daily amount of zinc for healthy adult men and women is 40 mg. Therefore, EyePromise follows their dosage recommendation.
While AREDS 2 Plus Multi-Vitamin contains less zinc than most AREDS 2 formulas, some patients need to avoid it. For this reason, EyePromise created AREDS 2 Plus Zinc-Free, an AREDS 2 Plus formulation with all the extra ingredients but without zinc or multi-vitamin equivalent.