Nutrition for Macular Degeneration

By Michael Lange

As people age, they experience an increased risk of macular degeneration. The disease can lead to a decrease in visual sharpness. It is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over the age of 60, as well as the leading cause of blindness in older adults. In my time as an optometrist at Lange Eye Care & Associates, I have studied how nutritional choices can greatly affect vision, and I strongly believe that making nutritional and lifestyle changes can slow or prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Make the following nutritional changes to decrease your chances of AMD-related vision loss.

1. Eat lightly steamed dark green leafy vegetables like spinach. Light cooking makes the nutrients in the greens available. These types of vegetables contain lutein, which may help slow AMD.

2. Add orange bell peppers into your diet, which contain Zeaxanthin. This nutrient, when combined with lutein, may filter blue light, leading to improved macular health. Eat the peppers raw or lightly cooked to preserve nutrients.

3. Decrease your intake of meats containing high levels of saturated fats, such as beef and pork. Instead, eat white meat poultry, cold-water fish, and wild-caught salmon. If you do eat beef, opt for grass-fed beef instead of the traditional grain-fed beef you find at most grocery stores.

4. Increase intake of Omega-3 fats in order to decrease inflammation and balance the ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fats in your diet. Fortifeye brand Super Omega-3 fish oil contains the natural triglyceride form of Omega-3 fats best for eye health.

5. Take the Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense Eye Vitamin (, which fights oxidative damage associated with free radicals and provides other nutrients to protect macular health.


About Dr. Michael Lange, Ocala

Dr. Michael Lange is an optometrist, radio personality, and successful entrepreneur in the field of eye-related products. In 1992, he graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Salus University with a Doctor of Optometry. His studies and clinical experience prepared Dr. Michael Lange to be a primary optometrist capable of diagnosing, and treating vision-related diseases and disorders. Going back to his native New Orleans briefly after graduation, Dr. Michael Lange worked as an Optometric Physician for the Eye Surgery Center of Louisiana and St. Charles Vision. After doing some research and recognizing the growing need for vision care in Florida, Dr. Michael Lange moved to Ocala. He started Lange Eye Care and Associates and since then, Dr. Michael Lange has become known as the “Ocala Eye Doctor.” Lange Eye Care and Associates now has nine eye care centers in Florida and all offer state-of-the-art medical, surgical, optical, and nutritional care. In order to promote healthy habits, Dr. Michael Lange has served as a Talk Show Host on a live radio show in Florida for the past 17 years. Called “Ask the Dr.,” the show aims to increase vision health awareness and emphasize the nutritional aspects of eye care. Additionally, Dr. Michael Lange oversees several optical related companies. He started Express Contacts in 1997 and it became one of the fastest growing professional contact lens replacement companies on the Internet. Using the same business model, Express Sunglasses soon followed. Dr. Michael Lange now serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board those companies as well as Fortifeye Vitamins. This company’s mission is to promote better ocular and general health by producing vitamin products based purely on science and not on trends. Overseeing Parris Optics International, Dr. Michael Lange operates an optical frame company that develops high-quality designer frames. Michael Lange’s most current project is the Lange Sun and Nutrition Center in Clearwater, Florida. It serves as an overall health center offering organic coffee, tea, and vitamins while also housing a sunglasses center. Dr. Michael Lange is certified as a Nutritional Specialist by the American College of Nutrition and is a board certified Optometric Physician by Florida Department of Health.
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1 Response to Nutrition for Macular Degeneration

  1. Scott says:

    I have been listening to Dr. Michael Lange Optometirst on the radio for many years. I have followed his nutritional advise and have lost forty pounds and feel much bettter now at 53 yo. One day I will drive to see Dr. Lange in one of his locations. I live in Daytona and it a bit of a hike now. Thanks for all the great advice he gives on his radio show.

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