Genotye Directed Nutritional Supplementation for Macular Degeneration
by Michael Lange OD, CNS 5/9/14
Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and certified nutrition specialist founded Fortifeye Vitamins over 10 years ago. Dr. Lange is involved in nutritional research and stays abreast of all the latest changes in the industry. He recently researched and developed the latest in nutritional therapy for Macular Degeneration; Fortifeye Zinc Free Macular Defense. This supplement was developed after recent studies were released proving that almost half the patients with specific genotype for Macular Degeneration were harmed by taking zinc. A few years earlier studies indicated that beta-carotene in a supplement blocked the absorption of lutein and thus was potentially bad for the macular. Dr. Lange’s vitamin company, Fortifeye Vitamins, was the first in the industry to take all beta carotene and zinc out of their vitamins.
A DNA test for Macular Degeneration is the only way to know whether it is good or bad for the patient to take zinc. The Macular Risk DNA test is available through Optometrists and Ophthalmologists to find out if a patient needs to be taking a zinc free eye vitamin or not. . Dr. Lange is a pioneer in the new evolving arena he calls genotype directed nutritional therapy for macular degeneration. Every patient has a different DNA and therefore everyone treatment plan must be a little different. Dr. Lange uses weight, age, disease entity and now DNA into consideration when making nutritional recommendations for his patients with macular degeneration.
Dr. Michael Lange is among a select group of doctors in the country taking this approach to help his patients. Dr. Lange states, “When we make the eyes healthier, we are making the entire body healthier, and vice versa.”
Dr. Lange has been utilizing nutrition and lifestyle adjustments for over 20 years and has seen many many patients improve significantly. Dr Lange recommends patients going to an eye care provider that is doing the Macular Risk DNA testing and be tested! Once you have determined if zinc is good or bad then you can start taking a supplement like Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense ( contains zinc) or Zinc Free macular Defenses ( No zinc). These supplements are whole body supplements not just eye vitamins. Dr Lange says when recommending supplements for macular degeneration everyone is different so the vitamin regiment will not be the same for each patient. A patient that is 100 lbs with a Macular Risk 1 on DNA testing with early macular degeneration will not take the same supplement that a 250 lb person has with a Macular Risk of 5. When clinically evaluating a macular degeneration patient the Doctor must consider many things and among these are weight, age, disease state and DNA. Dr Lange also utilizes intracellular blood testing ( spectracell) and omega index testing to help develop a nutritional plan that is customized for each patient. Dr. Lange started Lange Eye Care in March 1993 and has grown to 10 locations in Florida. Dr Lange feels his rapid growth and success is directly attributed to his nutritional approach to helping patients. Nutritional eye care is one of the fastest growing areas in eye care. Patients come form all over the country to The Lange Eye Institute in the Villages to see Dr Lange or one of his many specialists. Learn more at www.langeeyecare.com
Dr. Michael Lange in front of The Lange Eye Institute.
Dr Michael Lange Optometrist and Certified Nutrition Specialist
develops the Genotype Directed nutritional vitamins for
Macular Degeneration. Michael Lange OD has been involved in the
research and development of nutritional supplements for the eye care industry
for close to 10 years. Dr. Lange and Fortifeye Vitamins were the first in the industry to remove all Beta Carotene from their line of eye vitamins after Dr. Lange did a pilot study that proved Beta-carotene blocked the absorption of Lutein . Now larger studies are coming to this conclusion and all eye vitamin manufacturers are eliminating beta-carotene from their supplements. The newest studies now indicate that a relatively high
percentage of patients with specific DNA for macular degeneration may be harmed
by taking zinc supplements. These new studies also indicate a percent of
macular degeneration patients will benefit from supplemental zinc! Dr. Lange
states ” Doctors that are making nutritional supplement recommendations for
patients with macular degeneration should do a simple DNA test to see what
category these patients fall in and then make nutritional supplement
recommendations based on this DNA.” Michael Lange OD has developed six
different levels of supplements for the macular degeneration patients based on
age, weight, level of disease and DNA. The newest formula is called Fortifeye
Zinc Free Macular Defense and will be available end of October. Dr Lange has 9
locations throughout Florida that is involved in Genetic testing and nutritional
counseling for macular degeneration. Dr Lange says that proper nutrition can help to slow down the disease macular degeneration and he claims he has seen many patients improve once their diet is overhauled and they start taking the correct supplements. The Lange Eye Care locations in Florida is the eye care destination of 1000s of patients with macular degeneration. Learn more at www.langeeyecare.com or go to Michael Lange OD blog at www.drmichaellange.com and learn more about vitamins for macular degeneration at www.fortifeye.com