Dr. Michael Lange
Ceo of Lange eye institute and Fortifeye vitamins
Dr. Michael Lange is a board certified optometric physician and certified nutrition specialist. He is the founder of Lange Eye Care and Associates and The Lange Eye Institute. Lange Eye Care is a ten practice eye care center in Florida. He is also a syndicated talk show host for 21 years of "ask the dr". He is founder of Fortifeye Vitamins and Lange Nutrition Centers.
Comment on: Could statins treat common cause of vision loss?
This is really a poor study and can mislead doctors of all types to prescribe a drug that may ultimately make macular degeneration worse? Cholesterol is a shuttle system that carotenoids in the xanthophyl family use to get to the end organ . The eye needs lutein , zeaxanthin and meso zeaxanthin to keep macular pigment density at a level that is protective to the macula. If these levels drop because cholesterol has been lowered too much then progressive geographic atrophy of the macular is quite possible. Also lowering cholesterol too much may have negative impact on cognitive abilities and increase risk of dementia. So think twice before prescribing statins for armd. Long term studies are needed. Just like these long term studies now showing high dosage of zinc is actually bad for certain patients with armd based on their Dna. Dr Michael Lange.
Comment on: Stem cells used to improve low vision
Stem cells will be taking patients out of the dark soon. We are now having great results using stem cells via amniotic membranes on corneal problems. The stem cell for retina will take a bit longer to perfect . Dr Michael Lange
Comment on: Aspirin no help for sight loss in the elderly
These patients may benefit from a half a baby aspirin along with a tg form omega 3 fish oil at bed time, of course another great idea is for them to take a supplement with lutein , zeaxanthin and astaxanthin along with a soft or hard boiled egg. the phospholipids in the egg help the carotenoids absorb into the retina. Dr Michael Lange
Comment on: Number of people with AMD predicted to rise
I have had great success at the Lange Eye Institute using nutrition to help patients with macular degeneration. I recommend all armd patients consume more foods that exhibit anti vegf activity like green tea, red wine ( pino noir) , gogi berries and organic miso soup . I also recommend consuming more dark green leafy vegetables for the lutein, orange bell peppers and gogi berries for the zeaxanthin and wild Alaskan salmon for the astaxanthin. I also recommend making sure vitamin d levels are above 70 and omega index is above 8.5%. If patients will do this and practice weight management along with cardio exercise we will see much less macular degeneration blindness.
Comment on: Aspirin linked to macular degeneration
I don't recommend stopping aspirin therapy on patients at high risk for stroke or heart attack. I do however recommend adjusting their diet to consist of more dark green leafy vegetables , orange bell peppers and wild Alaskan salmon. There carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin are crucial for all macular degeneration patients . I also recommend doing DNA test to see if the patient needs zinc or zinc is bad for their retina. Without doing a DNA test for armd I recommend No Zinc!!