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 Omega 3 PAThe benefits of Omega 3 on your health are a hot topic today. Results of clinical studies touting its advantages are being released on a regular basis. This holds true for your eye health as well. Follow the Every Day Health Care link to the article—The Link Between Diet and Eye Disease by Susan L. Sullivan to learn the benefits of Omega 3 and other nutrients for your eyes.

At MEA we are sincere believers in the benefits of Omega 3. However, not all Omega 3 supplements are created equal. It is important to take supplements that are found in their triglyceride form which is naturally occurring with an absorption rate of 69%. Most products on the market are in ethyl ester form whose absorption rate is much lower, at 20%!

Some of the less expensive over-the-counter brands of Omega 3 may contain high levels of PCBs and heavy metals such as mercury. MEA carries Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals (PRN) which stands behind all of its products with the confidence that each one is of the purest, highest quality marine source Omega 3 available. They were so confident of the purity of their Omega 3 products that they had it verified and confirmed by a third party to be free of harmful contaminants. These products are available through physician recommendation only and are available at Matossian Eye Associates.

Dry Eye Omega

Dry Eye Omega Benefits®

Dry Eye Omega Benefits®
Optimal Relief for Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Omega Benefits®Persistent Dryness, scratching, and burning in your eyes are signs of dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the ocular surface of the eye. Its consequences range from subtle but constant irritation to ocular inflammation of the anterior (front) tissues of the eye. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are helpful in systemically reducing the inflammation of the accessory lacrimal glands of the eyes. In addition, it has been found that these same Omega-3 essential fatty acids are beneficial in controlling meibomitis and chronic lid disease. Dry Eye Omega Benefits® is formulated with a high concentration of the anti-inflammatory Omega-3, EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) in its natural TG form combined with Vitamin D3 and works from within to help address and alleviate the irritation and discomfort associated with dry eye syndrome.

Dry Eye Omega Benefit®

  • Natural Triglyceride Form for Maximum Absorption
  • Highly Purified and Concentrated
  • Molecularly Distilled in a Licensed Facility
  • Independent Laboratory Tested
  • Free of Mercury, PCBs, and Dioxins
  • Free of Pro-Inflammatory Omega-6s!

Eye Omega Advantage
Protect Your Eyes and Support Your Vision

Eye Omega AdvantageLutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoids concentrated in the macular region of the retina an absorb harm full forms of light thought to contribute to the development of age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and other ocular disorders.1 Recent medical studies suggest that the consumption of food rich in the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are associated with a reduced risk of AMD.2 Low serum levels of Vitamin D have also been associated with the development of AMD.3 Eye Omega Advantage® is custom formulated with these critical nutrients, based on the AREDS II protocol, to provide support in preserving the macular pigment essential to healthy vision and, most importantly, potentially avoid progression of AMD.

Eye Omega Advantage®

  • Triglyceride form for maximum absorption4
  • Highly purified and concentrated
  • Molecularly distilled in a pharmaceutically licensed facility
  • Independent 3rd-party laboratory tested
  • Free of Mercury, PCB, Dioxins and other contaminants
  1. Hawkins WR, Lutein/Zeaxanthin. Arch Ophthamol. 2008; 126(9): 1313; author reply 1313-13-14
  2. Chong E, Kreis A, et al. Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Fish Intake in the Primary Prevention of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(6): 826-833.
  3. Parekh N, Chappell RJ, Millen AE, et al. Association between vitamin D and age-related macular degeneration in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988 through 1994. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007; 125(5):661-669.
  4. J. Dyerberg, et al., Bioavailability of marine omega-3 fatty acid formulations. Prostaglandins Leukotrienes Essential Fatty Acids (2010), doi: 10. 1016/J. plefa. 2010.06.007.

Macular Vitamin Benefits
Protect Your Eyes and Support Your Vision

Macular Vitamin BenefitsThis multi-vitamin is scientifically formulated based on the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) formula to provide therapeutic levels of nutritional support for macular health to help preserve the eyesight of clinical population at risk.1 Beta carotene was excluded from this formula because of scientific evidence linking it to an increased risk in certain individuals.2 Vitamin E is included in the form of natural mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols, the most readily absorbed and efficacious form. Also included in the this formula re B-complex vitamins (B6, B9, B12) shown in recent studies to reduce the risk of developing early stages of AMD.3

Macular Vitamin Benefit

  • Vitamins C, E, Zinc and Copper based on the AREDS formula
  • Vitamin E provided in its most natural and efficacious form
  • B Vitamins provided as B-complex for improved bioavailability
  • Formulated to complement Eye Omega Advantage®
  • Independent 3rd-party laboratory tested
  1. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. A randomized, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of high-dose supplementation with vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and zinc for age-related macular degeneration and vision loss: ARED report No.8. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001; 119(10): 1417-1436.
  2. The Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta Carotene Cancer Prevention Study Group. The effect of vitamin E and beta carotene on the incidence of lung cancer and other cancers in mail smokers. N Engl J Med. 1994; 330(15): 1029-1035.
  3. Christen WG, Glynn RJ, Chew EY, et al. Folic acid, pyridoxine, and Cyanocobalamin combination treatment and age-related macular degeneration in woment: the Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study. Arch Intern Med.2009; 169(4): 335-341.

Impact of Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Fish Intake on AMD Incidence

A detailed food-frequency questionnaire was administered at baseline among 39,876 female health professionals (mean [SD] age 54.6 [7.0] years) to examine whether intake of -3 fatty acids and fish affects incidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women.

It was reported that 38,022 women completed the questionnaire and were free of a diagnosis of AMD.  The main outcome measure was incident AMD responsible for a reduction in best-corrected visual acuity to 20/30 or worse based on self-report confirmed by medical record review.

In conclusion, these prospective data from a large cohort of female health professionals without a diagnosis of AMD at baseline indicte that regular consumption of docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid and fish was associated with a significantly decreased risk of incident AMD and may be of benefit in primary prevention of AMD.

SOURCE:  Christen WG, Schaumberg DA, Glynn RJ, Buring JE.  Dietary omega-3 fatty acid and fish intake and incident age-related macular degeneration in women.  Arch Ophthalmol. 2011; March 14.

 

PRN Norway

PRN Norway

Cynthia Matossian, MD FACS was invited by Physicians Recommended Nutriceuticals (PRN) to visit their factory in Norway, where they extract and purify Omega 3 fish oils from different marine sources.

The tour included visits to several state-of-the-art manufacturing plants that use modern molecular distillery equipment. The advanced automated processes produce a highly purified fish oil concentrate from raw material. All contaminants including PCBs, heavy metals and mercury are extracted. The plant then ultra refines the concentrate to produce a superior finished product that has no fish taste or smell. This factory is widely recognized for its formulation advantages and high potency Omega 3 fish oil concentrates.

PRN Norway