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The Perfect Meal for Macular Degeneration by Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and Nutrition specialist

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and certified nutrition specialist has been involved in nutrition for the macular degenerative patient for over 20 years.

ingredients for the perfect meal for macular degeneration

ingredients for the perfect meal for macular degeneration

It is amazing how we can alter ones future through dietary and lifestyle changes.  I have been working with patients that have macular degeneration for quite some time and I have seen what works and what doesn’t work. First and foremost these patients must be a non smoker and of ideal body weight!  If they are overweight then the main thing to work on is their weight loss.  Once the ideal body weight has been reached then consuming the proper food is crucial. I am going to discuss the perfect meal for macular degeneration patients.   Purchase some wild Alaskan salmon and prepare it in a stainless steel or cast iron pan using organic extra virgin coconut oil. Make sure you eat the skin since it is high in a valuable carotenoid called meso zeaxanthin.   Sautee some organic spinach , kale, orange and red bell peppers along with the salmon at the last five minutes of cooking. Place a poached organic free range egg on top of the salmon. Sprinkle generous amounts of turmeric / curcummin on the meal.  Consume a small bowl of blueberries and goji berries with the meal. Drink some organic long gin dragon well green tea with the meal. After the meal have one small piece of dark chocolate and a small glass of red wine. The red wine should be a Bio dynamic wine using organic grapes preferrable a Pinot Noir from Oregon region.  The rational behind this meal is as follows.  Wild Alaskan salmon is a great source of lean protein and has plenty of omega three and astaxanthin.  Lean protein much better than saturated fat forms of protein for the armd patient.  Omega three has been shown to have numerous health benefits including being healthy for the retina.  Astaxanthin has some amazing health benefits and many of these benefits target the eye. Astaxanthin is a potent anti inflammatory as well as potent antioxidant. Astaxanthin crosses the blood retina barrier and may help to absorb some of the harmful rays of the sun. Spinach and kale are very high in many nutrients that are unlocked when gently cooked. Lutein being the most important nutrient in dark green leafy vegetables for macular health. Lutein has been linked to improved visual recovery and acuity. Lutein is also a carotenoid that helps to replenish macular pigment density. This is very important in macular degeneration patients. The orange bell peppers and the goji berries are both great sources of another carotenoid called zeaxanthin that also helps to replenish the macular pigment density .  The organic  poached egg is one of the best sources of lutein and the phospholipids in the yolk will help the omega three, lutein, astaxanthin and zeaxanthin all absorb better.  The turmeric / curcummin spice is a potent anti oxidant as well as anti inflammatory and also exhibits some anti veg f activity.  blueberries are also being studied for their macular health benefits as well.  Green tea is a potent anti oxidant and anti inflammatory that also has some anti veg f attributes. These anti vegf  attributes may be very beneficial  for the macular degenerative patient.  The polyphenols in dark chocolate are also linked to possible retinal health benefits.  Red wine contains resveratrol that in recent studies has proven to be of value in the dry and wet macular degeneration patients. Resveratrol is also a potent antioxidant, anti inflammatory that exhibits anti veg f activity.  Coconut oil is very high in medium chain triglycerides as well as lauric acid and is linked to improved neurological health in patients with dementias.  There is a link between Alzheimer’s and macular degeneration so maybe there will be a link discovered proving that coconut oil may be beneficial for armd.    Obviously patients are not going to eat this for every meal but this does give them at least one meal to start adding to their menu.  I developed Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense and Fortifeye Zinc Free Macular Defense  vitamin supplements for patients that want to ensure they are getting the best nutrition possible to support retinal health and total body health. I highly recommend having your DNA tested if you have any signs of macular degeneration. This DNA test will help gauge the severity of your macular degeneration and more importantly it will show you if zinc is good or bad for your retinas.  We are finding that a large percentage of patients with specific DNA for macular degeneration are being harmed by high dosage of zinc. Fortifeye Vitamins work in conjunction with proper diet and lifestyle adjustments.

Michael Lange OD, CNS

Fortifeye Family of products

learn more at  or call 1 866 503 9746.   Eat to your health and keep the faith!

Michael Lange OD, CNS

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New One Per Day Multivitamin developed by Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and certified Nutrition Specialist


New Fortifeye Complete One Per Day professional formula for total body health and ocular support

Fortifeye Vitamins founded by Dr. Michael Lange is constantly involved in ongoing research and development of proper nutrition for total body and eye health. Their newest addition to the Fortifeye Professional line is Fortifeye Complete One per day.  Dr. Lange wanted a very potent one per day vitamin that would act as a multiple vitamin and eye vitamin all in one.   Fortifeye Complete One per day is a culmination of many years of research using vitamins with patients of all ages and all disease types.  This vitamin supplement was developed for any one wanting to gain valuable nutrition through a one pill per day dosing.  This supplement is all natural with no synthetic dyes, trans fats or synthetic nutrients.  This is a combination multivitamin, eye vitamin, vegie /fruit blend and enzymes all in one USP certified tablet.   One of the biggest changes in this one per day vitamin is the addition of Omni Actives Lutemax 20/20.  This is a lutein / zeaxanthin isomer in a unique micro beadlet delivery system that is encased in the tablet. This allows for maximum absorption of the lutein and zeaxanthin isomers. Lutein and zeaxanthin when absorbed properly are beneficial to ocular health.  To maximize the health benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin all beta carotene has been removed which also makes this an ideal supplement for smokers.  Additional Vitamin D3 along with the eight forms of Vitamin e have been added to this new formula.  Nutrients that exhibit anti veg f activity have been added like resveratrol, green tea polyphenols and curcummin to support retina health in macular degeneration and diabetic patients.   Other nutrients to support healthy blood sugars like chromium, vanadium and cinnamon have also been added. Mitochondrial support to aid in ATP production and neuro protection is  covered with acetyl l carnatine, coq-10, and alpha lipoic acid.   Clinically tested doasgaes of  of vitamin c, b complex, zinc, n acetyl cystein, lycopene, citrus bio flavonoids and bromelain have also been added for their many health benefits.  A bio active  High ORAC antioxidant blend using Gogi berry extract, spinach, kale, blueberries, bilberries, cocoa, grape seed extract, manogosteen and pomegranate have been added to increase the ORAC value to  ten times the typical  multivitamin.  All of these nutrients are  in an easy to swallow one per day dosing.  These supplements have been checked carefully in bio availability blood studies to ensure maximum absorption into the cells occurs. To maximize absorption take with a meal and a good omega three fish oil like Fortifeye Super Omega is recommended to take along with the one per day.   Fortifeye Complete One per Day is available at all Lange Eye Care locations in Florida and many eye care practices throughout the country.  You can also go to or call  866 503 9746 to purchase.   Isnt it time you took control of your health with Fortifeye Vitamins?

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Optometry and Ophthalmology In The Villages at The Lange Eye Institute

Exceptional eye care in The Villages all under one roof.

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and founder of Lange Eye Care opened the largest and most advanced eye care center in The Villages in 2006. The Lange Eye Institute has the latest advancements in medical, surgical, optical and nutritional eye care. Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and nutrition specialist wanted a center that could do routine eye exams and also the most complex eye surgeries. Dr. Lange also wanted it to incorparte the latest in nutritional eye care as well. We want to slow down the aging in the eye and ultimately do less surgery and prescribe less medication, states Dr. Lange. If we counsel our patients on proper nutrition, life style changes and proper supplementation then many will improve. If we make the eyes healthier we are making the rest of the body healthier as well. Dr. Langes philosophy of wellness eye care has really caught on in The Villages. Patients from all over the country are coming to The Villages to experience this type of wellness eye care. All of the staff at The Lange Eye Institute are in tune with nutrition and are aware how important it is in not only ocular health but over all health as well. Dr. Lange was the first eye care provider to use intracellualr blood studies to look for vitamin deficiencies that may be a risk for eye diseases. Dr. Lange has utilized all of these studies in the development of Fortifeye Vitamins. These are vitamins that are developed for ocular as well as whole body health. learn more at . If u live in The Villages and looking for the highest quality of eye care available then come to The Lange Eye Istitute. Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and founder of Lange Eye Care has hand selected the top eye surgeons and optometric physicians to take care of the patients that come to The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages, Florida location. The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages can handle the most complicated eye surgeries as well as simple contact lens exams. The Lange Eye Institute also houses an advanced retina center to take care of the most complicated retinal problems.  Lange Eye Care has ten locations through out Florida from Gainesville to Tampa. Learn more at, or call 352 753 4014 for an appointment.

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Dr Michael Lange Optometrist, Certified Nutrition Specialist and Talk Show Host

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and Talk show host in his studio.

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist moved to Ocala Florida March 15, 1993 and started his first practice , Lange Eye Care and Associates.  Lange Eye Care is now one of the fastest growing eye care centers in Florida.  Dr. Lange states his success and rapid expansion is do to hard work, sacrifice, a little luck and being in the right place at the right time.  Dr Michael Lange Optometrist and certified nutrition specialist also states much of his success is do to his live talk show called “Ask the Dr.” that he started in April of 1993 and has been going live non stop via the radio waves ever since.  His show can be heard over multiple radio networks throughout the country and live via the internet almost daily. This show discusses the latest in eye care and total body wellness with a heavy emphasis on nutrition.  Dr. Lange is a Board Certified Optometric Physcian in the state of Florida as well as a certified nutrition specialist through The American College of Nutrition. He also holds two degrees in Psychology and phsiological optics.   His extensive education and experience allow him to answer the most difficult questions live via the radio shows in a way the audience can understand and appreciate.  People come from all over to see the Doctors at Lange Eye Care based on what they have been hearing on Dr. Langes popular talk show.  Lange Eye Care has locations in Gainesville, Ocala, West Ocala, Summerfield, Citrus Hills, The Villages, Tampa and Clearwater.  Lange Eye Care has become one of the largest privately owned eye care centers in Florida.  Dr. Langes  philosophy of prevention and wellness eyecare has really made his eye care centers quite popular.


Some of Dr. Langes offices are open seven days a week.  Lange Eye Care offers complete optometric and ophthalmological services.  Routine eye exams to the most complicated ocular surgeries are capable at Lange Eye Care.   Dr. Lange invests in the very latest technology to ensure the doctors have the very best for their patients.  Dr Lange states patients come to our centers to get the one on one care and attention they deserve.  We spend the time necessary to go over each diagnosis and every treatment option available.  Lange Eye Care thrives on perfection and superb customer service.  Lange Eye Care was one of the first eye care centers in the country to specialize in nutritional eye care.  Dr. Lange is involved in multiple clinical studies using the latest in nutrition to help his patients.  He believes if u give the body the fuel it is thirsting for you will be amazed at what positive effects can come about. Dr. Michael Lange optometrist and nutrition guru was not happy with the vitamins and supplements that were avaialable over the counter so he started his own vitamin company called Fortifeye Vitamins.  He has reformulated Fortifeye Vitamins ten times over the last seven years based on ongoing inhouse research Dr. Lange is involved in.   In 2012 Lange Eye Care added a research based retina department to the main ocala location. Patients travel  from all over the countrty to Lange Eye Care to have the very latest in medical, nutritional and surgical eye care. learn more at, ,  or call toll free 1 888 781 2020 for an appointment.

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