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Frequently Asked Questions

 

For patients who are just starting an omega-3 for the first time, we recommend taking a "loading dose."  A loading dose is double the normal dose for the first 30 days, which with Eye Love's Dry Eye Omega-3 Supplement would be six per day for 30 days, then reduce to the normal three per day after that.

We recommend making this supplement a part of your daily dry eye routine. Most people will notice a positive benefit in as little as ten days, but maximum benefits can take up to 2 months of use. It may take longer in those with severe inflammation.

We do our best to reduce the size of our fish oil softgels as much as possible, but in order to contain all of the necessary components they usually end up rather large. If you have trouble taking large pills, we recommend taking them one at a time with a full glass of water. You can also check out our Vegetarian Liquid Omega-3 for Dry Eye, which can be easily mixed into juice or smoothies.

They're generally safe, however some conditions raise safety issues you should be aware of.  To avoid these contraindications always use a high-quality fish oil that is purified.  If you have bleeding problems, are pregnant, are diabetic, or have a seafood allergy, you should consult your physician before taking a fish oil supplement.  Fish oil supplementation is usually safe in these circumstances, but care should be taken.

You can take Eye Love's Dry Eye Omega-3 Vitamin whenever is convenient for you.  The key thing to remember is to take it with food.  

We take all three of ours in the morning with our green smoothie.   You can also take one with each meal or take it during dinner or lunch. It does not really matter.

This supplement can absolutely be used along with other dry eye therapies and we recommend all of our patients do so. You should notice positive changes with this supplement within a few months of use.

Absolutely! Our Dry Eye Omega-3 contains the highest quality fish oils for all conditions, including those involving the eyes, heart, and skin. We include Vitamins C, E, B6, and magnesium because these all provide additional anti-inflammatory benefit for the body. As with any supplement, please consult your doctor before changing or adding to any medication regimen.

Vitamin C as ascorbic acid - Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that decreases inflammation and irritation on the front of the eye.  Vitamin C helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including collagen found on the front of the eye (the cornea).

Vitamin E as d-alpha tocopherol - Vitamin E works as an antioxidant, it is a major part of the body’s immune system. It helps prevent damage to the cells of the skin, liver, heart and eyes.  Vitamins C & E are strong antioxidants that prevent damage and promote healing on the eye’s surface.

Vitamin B-6 as pyroxidine HCl - Vitamin B-6 can help protect the tear film. Together with vitamin C, B-6 ensures your eyes make enough tears. Vitamin B-6 increases tear production.

Magnesium as magnesium Citrate - Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Magnesium repairs the eye’s surface, decreasing dryness and irritation.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Deficiency of omega oils has been reported to contribute to dry eye syndrome. Omega-3 fatty acids may also benefit dry eye by reducing inflammatory activity in the body and by possibly improving the function of the oil glands in the eyelids. 3 Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids- EPA, DHA, and ALA- stimulate and enhance tear production, and reduce inflammation and irritation.

Lactoferrin - Studies show patients with chronic dry eye have low lactoferrin levels in their tears.  Lactoferrin reduces redness and soreness by stimulating tears, release of mucin, decreasing inflammation and aiding in wound healing.  Lactoferrin reduces redness and soreness by stimulating tears and aiding in healing the dry eye surface.

There are 10 calories per softgel - 30 calories for the entire daily dose of 3 softgels. There are 90 pills in a bottle. The dosing is 3 per day, so each bottle is a 1 month supply.

Yes, the omega-3 is entirely gluten free. It does contain gelatin in the outer coating.

Great question. If you purchased before May 2017 you will have our ethyl-ester based fish oil, but if you purchased after that, we have changed formulation to triglyceride based fish oil.  Triglyceride based fish oil is absorbed more QUICKLY. Numerous studies have shown that it does not matter how fast or slow the fish oil is absorbed because the long term efficacy is equal. It is an area that is heavily debated with no real conclusions. Both theories have strong beliefs, but the proof is in the data.

Here is a good study found in the US National Library of Health from the National Institute of Health. When ingested by humans in the chemical form of phospholipids or triglycerides, peak levels of EPA and DHA in plasma are higher than when ingested as ethyl esters (Beckermann et al 1990; Visioli et al 2003). There is some debate as to whether this reflects better or faster absorption of EPA and DHA as phospholipids or as triglycerides or whether it relates to a slower but equally effective absorption of EPA and DHA as ethyl esters (Rupp et al 2004). It has even been argued that a slower absorption leads to steadier plasma levels, and better antiarrhythmic effects (Rupp et al 2004). When given in comparable amounts as ethyl ester or as triglyceride, slight differences in fatty acid incorporation, but no differences in effects on lipids, parameters of hemostasis, or platelet function were observed (Hansen et al 1993). In conclusion, it is not clear whether there exists a meaningful difference in the effects between ethyl ester or triglyceride forms of EPA and DHA.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1993981/

For all our patients who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration or are at risk, we have them take the recommended 2 per day. Take care to not take more than is prescribed, as sometimes more of a vitamin is not better for you. You may take them both at the same time or spread them out, one in the morning and one at night.

Great question! This is definitely beta-carotene free and follows the AREDS2 formula. These should work very well for her!

AMD stands for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Head to our blog to learn more. You can learn a lot about macular degeneration from our blog. We have also written a short book, which you can download for free by clicking here or purchase on Amazon Kindle here.  

Yes! Our formula contains exactly what you need to comply with the AREDS2 research (note that no difference in AMD progression was found with 40 mg vs 80 mg of zinc, so we used the lower 40 mg in order to decrease the chance of gastrointestinal upset). We have also added in other vitamins and nutrients that provide further benefit for eye health. Below are the official AREDS2 recommendations:

500 mg vitamin C

400 IU vitamin E

10 mg lutein

2 mg zeaxanthin

80 mg zinc

2 mg copper

This supplement can absolutely be used along with other macular degeneration therapies, such as the procedures performed by your retinal specialist. Laser surgeries or injections are not complicated by the use of this supplement. However, we recommend you NOT be taking more than one type of ocular vitamin. Also, speak with your doctor about any other vitamins or supplements you’re taking, as you don’t want to overdose on any of the fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin E).

There are negligible calories per pill because they do not contain any fatty acids, such as omega-3s. There are 60 pills in a bottle. The dosing is 2 per day, so each bottle is a 1 month supply.

Yes, the supplement is entirely gluten free and contains no artificial dyes or colors. The gelatin in the outer coating is derived from bovine/cow.

We recommend making this supplement a part of your daily routine. Many people will notice some improvement in their overall eye health within a few months. Those with mild to moderate macular changes should get high marks from their eye doctor at their next visit! For those with severe macular degeneration, your visits with your retinal specialist are going to be the most important. When vision is severely affected, the goal of this supplement is to prevent progression and ramp up the beneficial pigments in the macula.

Our supplement products are manufactured in an FDA registered facility that is also cGMP compliant and USDA approved. All products undergo rigorous testing before, during, and after production. Third party testing is performed to ensure that all supplements contain the specified ingredients and avoid unwanted chemicals and materials.

Great question! You can purchase a set of nosepads on Amazon by following this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9XNC9J?m=A2JLGM9DE4Z30V&ref_=v_sp_detail_page Unfortunately, nosepads from your local optometrist will not fit these special sunglasses. If you have any issues, don't hesitate to contact us!

Sunglasses are not one-size-fits-all, so they will likely need some adjusting when you first receive them. You can take them to your local optometrist, Walmart Vision Center, Lenscrafters, or other eyeglass shop and they will be happy to adjust them for you, tighten them up, or straighten them as needed!

Our Ocular Health Formula is based off the science of AREDS/AREDS2 with the addition of some of the best antioxidants for the eye.  While carotenoids like Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Astaxanthin are important and clinically beneficial, an additional dose of key antioxidants is also beneficial. Here is what our scientific advisory panel requested we put in our formula:

1) Euphrasia officinalls – Typically used as a homeopathic remedy for inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause for many ailments and plays a role in AMD.


2) Astaxanthin - Its free radical scavenging activity is more potent than the antioxidant activities of similar carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene, and lutein. Astaxanthin has a long list of health benefits, including protecting you from eye diseases like AMD.


3) Alpha Lipoic Acid - Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant.  Alpha lipoic acid is used for diabetes and nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. High doses of alpha lipoic acid are approved in Germany for the treatment of these symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid is also used to treat eye related disorders, such as damage to the retina, cataracts, etc.


4) Vaccinium myrtillus (Anthocyanidins from Bilberry fruit extract) – Bilberry contains anthocyanosides which are potent antioxidants which strengthen capillary walls, improve red blood cells and have cholesterol lowering affects.  The herb is also a vasodilator that opens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.  It is used to treat age-related eye problems including night blindness and macular degeneration.  Scientific studies have shown improvement in ocular circulation.


5) Vitus vinifera (Proanthocyanidins source from Grape seed extract) – Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant, classified as one of the bioflavonoids.  Bioflavonoids have the ability to strengthen vessel walls within a short time after ingesting them.


6) L-Glutathione – Is another powerful antioxidant shown to protect the sulfur-containing proteins within the eye's natural lens from free radical damage which clouds the lens and inhibits light from entering. Researchers have found that AMD is correlated to low glutathione levels within the body. 

 
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