Dr Michael Lange

Lange Eye Care in Florida was started by Dr. Michael Lange an Optometrist and Board Certified Nutrition Specialist March 15 1993. Lange Eye Care opened to 14 locations by 2014. The Lange Eye Institute is one of the largest eyecare centers of its type in the state of Florida. Lange Eye Care has close to 20 doctors on staff and can handle anything from minor eye irritation to advanced eye surgery. Lange Eye Care Florida has one of the largest supplies of contact lenses in the state and this allows for 99% of all patients that are fit in contacts to leave with their contacts on that day. Dr Michael Lange started his first office in ocala Florida on 3/15/1993 and then second office in Gainesville Florida in 94. Lange Eye Care had opened to 13 locations by June 2013 and plans on expanding into other markets. Dr. Lange has developed a nationally recognized eye care center that is involved in cutting edge research . The Lange Eye Institute is involved in multiple nutrition, optical and contact lens studies at any given time. Lange Eye Cares philosophy is to "go that extra mile" and treat everyone as if they were family. As of March 2016 Dr. Michael Lange sees patients 5 days a week at The Lange Eye Institute in the Villages Florida. Dr. Lange has an elite group of hand picked eye doctors both optometrists and ophthalmologists to take care of the vast array of patients in the Florida area. The Lange Eye Institute also has the latest in technology to aid the doctors in early and correct diagnosis of eye disease and helps the doctors in their ongoing treatment of any eye disorder. The doctors and staff are continuously updating their knowledge and skills thru ongoing continuing education that is provided by Lange Eye Institute. Dr. Michael Lange is a pioneer in the area of nutrition and eye care and has developed unique vitamin formulations that are being used world wider by doctors to help combat against free radical damage and disease in the eyes and body. www.fortifeye.com, Dr. Michael Lange was one of the first Optometrists in the country to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Lange and his staff of doctors uses their knowledge in nutrition to enhance the eye exam experience at the Lange Eye Institute. Dr. Lange states " you would be amazed at what some simple dietary and lifestyle changes can make in a patients visual future. Patients come from all over the country for this unique eye approach. In April of 2016 Dr Lange sold all of his office except The Lange Eye Institute. Dr Lange now spends the majority of his time seeing patients at his flagship , The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida. This center is close to 30,000 sq ft and houses the very latest in eye technology. Dr Michael Lange started a new company Blue Light Defense in 2015 to research and develop lenses that filter the damaging blue -violet frequencies of light. In 2017 Dr Lange purchased Paleo Simplified to help improve the diets of all Americans. 2019 Dr Lange opened the Fortifeye Nutrition Center in Clearwater.

Homepage: https://www.drmichaellange.com

Dr Michael Lange hosts popular live call in show for 23 years.

Dr. Michael Lange hosting "Ask the Dr"

Dr. Michael Lange hosting “Ask the Dr”

Dr Michael Lange started hosting a popular talk show  called  “Ask The Dr” in April 1993.  This is a live call in show that is aired on multiple radio net works through  out the country.  Dr Michael Lange is a board certified optometric physician and a certified nutrition specialist with over 23 years in private practice.  Dr Lange’s talk show is all about the latest in eye care and nutrition.  Patients can also listen all over the world via the internet  and on I heart radio and In tune radio. Here is a link to listen live to Dr Michael Lange or to listen to some archived shows.  http://www.drmichaellange.com/listen/  Dr Michael Lange is also the CEO of Fortifeye Vitamins  www.fortifeye.com and  a new company involved in blue light protection to minimize blue light damage to the eyes and entire body.  www.bluelightdefense.com  Dr  Lange’s talk show gives some good advise and educates millions of listeners on the importance of proper nutrition and eye care.  Tune is and have your questions ready.  Dr Lange still sees patients six days a week  through out the Lange Eye Care locations and also frequently at The Lange Eye institute in The Villages Florida.

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Nutrition for Macular Degeneration by Dr Michael Lange

Michael Lange OD, CNS in front of The Lange Eye Insitute in The Villages.

Michael Lange OD, CNS in front of The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages.

Nutriton for Macular Degeneration by Dr Michael Lange , 8/3/2015 updated on 10/1/2016

I have seen what the power of proper nutrition can do for patients with both dry and wet age related macular degeneration.  If an optometrist or ophthalmologist will  take the time to discuss in detail life style changes , proper dietary intake and proper supplementation, we would see much less vision loss from macular degeneration.  I see some patients respond almost miraculously when they follow the specific steps I outline for them.   The key is to make them understand the serious nature of the disease and how macular degeneration can lead to permanent vision impairment .  Some patients will follow my guidelines and do quite well by stabilizing the disease or even gaining some valuable vision back. However some patients  will continue to decline even while following the latest protocol and even receiving the most up to date treatments  from  a retinal specialist.  This is what I do all day long, deal with macular degeneration patients !  I have done  a variety of blood tests, omega index tests and DNA tests to develop the protocol and supplements I recommend for my patients with macular degeneration.  When patients follow this protocol  often times not only will their ocular health improve but their overall health will improve too! God made a pretty good body and once the proper fuel is given amazing things can happen.

Doctors from all over the world are using dietary modifications, introduction of nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes to aid the patient with macular degeneration.  Optometrists and ophthalmologists can utilize intracellular and plasma blood testing, genetic testing and  advanced retinal imaging to help determine if a patient may have modifiable risk factors for macular degeneration. Some of these modifiable risk factors include specific genes, elevated c-reactive protein, elevated cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, elevated homocysteine, lipofuscin pigment accumulation and nutritional deficiencies. All macular degeneration patients need to have a DNA test done to see how aggressive their macular degeneration may be and to find out if zinc is needed for their retinal health or of if zinc is actually detrimental to their retinal health.  There is new science that indicates a percent of patients with ARMD may be harmed by zinc and a percent may be helped with zinc.  The only way to know is to have a DNA test done . The following 17 step outline I have developed  to decrease the risk of having progressive visual loss from macular degeneration. This list was compiled based on solid scientific evidence reported in related literature and from positive results I have seen clinically in several very large macular degeneration practices. This does not replace a comprehensive dilated eye examination by an  optometrist or ophthalmologist. The key is early detection!  New forms of retinal imaging like Annidis RHA and OCT technology allow doctors to detect macular degeneration much earlier and initiate appropriate defensive measures early.

  1. Organic Gluten Free Paleo Diet . Eat more free range  turkey, free range chicken, free range eggs,  cold water fish, Goat milk, Goat cheese and grass-fed beef. Prepare without deep-frying, broiling, grilling or baking!  This traditional type of cooking elevates the temperature in the meat too much causing glycation of the protein and the fat. This glycated meat is consumed and can prematurely age the body disrupting DNA and causing inflammation  in the body and also increasing the risk of certain cancers. So cooking in a perfect world would consist of boiling, stewing, steaming and poaching.  Vegetables can be gently sautéed in organic coconut oil on very low heat.   imagesCANYT7TKEat more fish (omega-3) but be careful when eating fish because many large fish have toxic levels of mercury, lead and PCBs (PCBs are persistent organic pollutants, banned since 1977, that entered the environment through both original use and later disposal). Eat cold water fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, Atlantic halibut, herring and wild–not farmed–salmon). Try to avoid farm raised fish and instead eat wild fish especially wild Alaskan salmon. Wild salmon are high in a super carotenoid called astaxanthin that is proving to be a key nutrient in the nutritional approach for macular degeneration. A lean organically raised GRASS FED steak in moderation is a good source of protein, Vitamin B complex, zinc, iron, folate, magnesium, selenium and omega-3 essential fatty acids.  Omega-6 fats predominate in commercially raised (corn-fed) meat, poultry, dairy and eggs; and also in margarine, and vegetable oils (such as corn, peanut, canola, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and grape seed oils). Omega-6 increases inflammation in the body! Olive oil is an omega-9 and is beneficial; it should be the primary bottled oil in the kitchen for use in cooking and salad dressings. Organic Virgin Coconut oil is also a very good oil to use for cooking because of the healthy medium chain triglycerides and lauric acid found in this oil. The typical American diet provides 10-20 times more omega-6 than omega-3, but a healthier ratio is 3:1 or 4:1! Cut back on your omega-6 (choosing healthy omega-6 foods like nuts, seeds, and avocado) and increase omega-3. I have come to the conclusion that the Paleo (Hunter Gatherer) type of diet is best for all of my patients. This is consuming foods that are natural to the earth and are not processed. A combination of a Gluten free,  Mediterranean and Paleo diet is also very healthful for the eyes and total body. I recommend staying away from gluten because most foods containing gluten like  wheat , barley and rye are genetically modified and may have much higher levels of pesticide residue that can be toxic to your health.  I have found a company called paleo simplified that makes very good raw paleo bars that are filled with nutrients that are very good for the retina , brain and entire body. Paleo Simplified energy bars can be bought at many wellness and healthy grocery stores as well as online.  These are great to have in between meals.

2.  Consume more dark green leafy vegetables like baby spinach, baby kale, collards and swiss chard (preferably organically grown)imagesCAVZ2JOF.

I preach to avoid any of the fruits and vegetables that are listed in the “dirty dozen” unless they are organically grown do to their toxic levels of pesticides that are found inside. Carefully boil, steam or simmer these in extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Gentle cooking helps to break down the cell wall releasing the bio-availability of the greens. Juicing is also a good way of getting these nutrients. Lutein is abundant in dark green leafy vegetables and has been shown to potentially help slow down the devastating properties of macular degeneration. Lutein and its related compound zeaxanthin are highly concentrated in the macula, providing a yellow color known as the macular pigment (MP).The macular pigment acts like a built-in sun screen and protects the macula from the damaging photo-oxidative effects of blue light. Eating more foods that contain lutein/ zeaxanthin and/or taking a supplement of lutein along with zeaxanthin  daily will help replenish the macula pigment density that you are more prone to lose as you age with macular degeneration. Fortifeye has developed a supplement containing all three of the beneficial carotenoids: lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin in one vegie gel cap called Fortifeye Focus.  https://www.fortifeye.com/products/fortifeye-focus/  .  Fortifeye Focus for kids will be available in August 2015.  It is crucial for children to get these valuable nutrients they are missing especially since they spend many hrs in front of digital applications that are emitting harmful blue light between 400-430 nm. . These will come in a delicious  non gmo/ organic chewie for kids or adults that can’t swallow pills. If you are taking a blood thinner like Coumadin, consult with your physician prior to eating more dark green leafy vegetables. If you want to maximize the absorption of a spinach salad then put a hard-boiled egg in the salad, the phospholipids in the egg yolk will help the carotenoids absorb and the yolk is also a good source of additional lutein. Using a spice called turmeric on your food is a good way at getting both  anti-oxidant and  anti-inflammatory properties added to the meal.  sprinkling a little black pepper  with the turmeric is a good way to increase the absorption of the turmeric.

3.  Eat more orange bell peppers and Goji Berries (preferably organically grown), gently cooked or raw. Orange bell peppers are very high in zeaxanthin. Scientists believe this nutrient when combined with lutein helps filter out dangerous HEV light (blue light) and may help maintain macular health. imagesCAN6WMVBSauté  spinach and orange bell peppers together in  coconut oil  or steam them for good macular health. Goji berries are also one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants that has a very high concentration of zeaxanthin. Goji berry is one of the richest edible plant sources known for zeaxanthin content. Up to 77% of total carotenoids present in goji berry exist as zeaxanthin. Both goji berry and zeaxanthin also may prove to be helpful in the irregular blood vessel growth and leakage that occurs in the wet form of macular degeneration due to their potential anti-VEGF properties. This means that these nutrients  may have the ability to sop irregular blood vessels from growing and leaking in the retina.

4.  Consume more darkly pigmented berries (preferably organically grown). imagesCAAM3Y2MStudies indicate that eating more dark berries like blueberries, black berries and raspberries may help preserve macular health. Some of the “super fruits” like gogi berry, acai berry and mangosteen are powerful antioxidants that may prove to be beneficial for macular disease. These are not easily found in your local grocery unless they are in a juice or powdered form. If you are a diabetic consult with your physician prior to eating more fruits. Darkly pigmented berries may also exhibit some anti-VEGF attributes.

5.  Get more omega 3 fatty acids by taking molecular distilled triglyceride form fish oil. Stay away from the ethyl ester form of fish oil that is populating the shelves at the local drug stores and discount clubs due to ethanol being attached to the molecule makes it very unstable and poorly absorbed when compared to triglyceride form fish oil. Due to the large amount of pollutants in fish, molecularly distilled triglyceride form fish oil may be a better option than eating the fish. Canned sardines are a good source of omega threes, protein, Co-Q10 and calcium, and are fairly contaminant free. Eat more cold-water fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, Atlantic halibut, herring and wild—not farmed—salmon). Flax seed oil is not a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids! I recommend Fortifeye Super Omega since it is the more natural imagesCACYXVGRconcentrated triglyceride form of omega-3 and goes through a triple molecular distillation process to insure it is contaminant free. This gel cap is also chewable with a great taste for those patients that have difficulty swallowing pills. Blood studies using two Fortifeye Super Omegas have seen average omega indexes of between 9%- 11.5%  after one month on this form of fish oil. An omega index over 8% is the sign of a truly therapeutic dose of fish oil. Doctors from all over the world are recommending Fortifeye Super Omega .  Fortifeye Vitamins phone number is 1-866-503-9746

6.  Eat less salt. Research may indicate that decreasing salt intake may decrease deposition of waste products in the macula called drusen. Reduction in salt intake may help decrease blood pressure and fluid retention. Use pink sea salt or Celtic sea salt  when necessary. Try using more turmeric and black pepper as seasoning.

7.  Wear blue blocking sunglasses  and blue filtering  indoor lenses especially if you have had cataract surgery.  Blue Light protection to minimize blue light damage is crucial. There is science that indicates blocking or filtering the high energy visible spectrum (400nm-500nm, the “blue light”), may help prevent damage to the macula. Yellow, amber and orange-colored lenses are good at blocking the blue light. Wear them any time you are outdoors during daylight. Wear polarized blue blockers while in the sun. Non-polarized lenses are better while indoors, during cloudy and overcast days and for certain sports like motorcycling, golf, road biking and mountain biking.  Blue Light Defense, Blue defense extreme and Blue Light Shield lenses are new clear  lenses that have been developed to block the specific harmful range of blue light without altering the blue color.  These lenses come in indoor and outdoor lenses.  Many doctors are now recommending patients to wear these  lenses to block or filter  the blue light that is emitted from the television, computers , lap tops,  tablets , smart  phones and indoor lighting.  New science also reveals if the blue light is filtered indoors in the evening then melatonin levels may not drop  improving sleep patterns. Decreased levels of melatonin also correlate with increased risk of many health problems .   The newest indoor clear blue filtering lenses I recommend to stop blue light damage are called  Blue light Defense, Blue light Guard , Blue Defense Extreme and Blue Light Shield.  I have patients every day that tell me they have a rejuvenated sensation of their body and eyes after they have started wearing Blue Light Defense lenses  .  Indoor man-made synthetic blue light that new science suggests may create the most harm is between 400-430 nm. The Ophthalmic blue light defense, blue defense extreme and blue light shield were designed to block these specific ranges. Many companies are offering a version of these blue protection lenses that is only a coating that will only partially filter the blue light and not block the harmful range form 400-430. Ask for a demonstration when purchasing blue  blocking lenses using a blue laser and make sure the blue laser will not go thru the lens.   The recommendation of a blue filtering lenses for both out doors and indoor use is one more positive step  in the preservation of retinal , lenticular and overall health. www.bluelightdefense.com

8.  NO SMOKING!h If you do smoke try to quit. Smoking lowers your serum antioxidant levels in your blood and thus causes a nutritional deficiency at the cellular level. Second hand smoke is just as bad. Smokers increase their risk dramatically of developing the more advanced stages of macular degeneration. Smoking increases C-reactive protein (inflammatory marker in blood that is a risk factor for macular degeneration). If you smoke be sure you do NOT take high levels of the supplement called beta-carotene. High dosages of beta-carotene my increase ones risk of lung cancer. New science also indicates beta-carotene may interfere with the absorption of lutein (a beneficial carotenoid for macular health). Beta-carotene should not be in a vitamin formula especially if you have macular degeneration. Most Americans that  eat some animal protein will not be deficient in Vitamin A and thus don’t need any beta-carotene. Beta-carotene has shown some form of competitive inhibition against lutein due to binding sites that beta carotene attach to on lutein in the liver not allowing it to absorb into the blood. Fortifeye Vitamins are all Vitamin a and beta carotene free!!

9.  Do cardiovascular exercises for 20-30 minutes 5 times a week (discuss this with your physician first).imagesCA1RRUXW Research indicates that patients who did cardiovascular exercise (treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical, walking, jogging, swimming etc.) were less likely to develop macular degeneration. These forms of exercise may be beneficial for glaucoma patients as well. The improvement in circulation from cardiovascular exercise combined with proper diet and proper supplementation is very powerful at promoting good ocular and overall health. This cardiovascular exercise can also lower intra ocular pressure in the eye and help to decrease the chances of the eye developing glaucoma. This decreased intra ocular pressure will also help to improve circulation to all parts of the eye.

10.  If you are overweight, LOSE WEIGHT! Overweight people are twice as likely to develop macular degeneration. Losing weight will also reduce C-reactive protein and help to normalize cholesterol and triglycerides. Controlling C-reactive, cholesterol and triglycerides may benefit macular degeneration. Overweight patients are also more likely to develop glaucoma and cataracts at an earlier age. Reducing your caloric intake and increasing your cardiovascular exercise will aid in weight reduction. Patients who are over weight with pre-existing health conditions may want to seek help from a physician supervised weight loss program. Fortifeye Vitamins is in the developmental phases of a new meal replacement system that is derived from all organically grown fruits and vegetables called Fortifeye Organic Blue Green Superfood that will be available in October  2015. Dr Michael Lange along with Fortifeye Vitamins has also been developing a non gmo , non denatured whey protein concentrate from  New Zealand grass-fed  A2 cows that when mixed with the Fortifeye Organic  Blue Green Superfood will be a complete meal and aid in weight reduction. this product will be called Fortifeye Super Protein and will also be available in September 2015. A good non denatured whey protein concentrate is one of the best ways to stimulate Glutathione in our bodies master antioxidant!  Glutathione levels start to drop at age 40 and when these levels become reduced aging becomes more rapid. So stimulating glutathione with Non denatured whey protein concentrate is one step in the right direction of anti aging. Also this type of protein stimulates muscle growth , muscle retention and fat loss!  One of the biggest deficiencies my macular degeneration patients  have when tested with intracellular blood tests is Glutathione. Fortifeye Super Protein can be used by diabetics and people on low carb diets.

11.  Control systemic health problems such as Hypertension, Diabetes, elevated Cholesterol, elevated C-Reactive protein and elevated homocysteine. Elevated Homocysteine has been linked to Macular degeneration as well as Optic Neuropathies, Certain Types of Glaucoma, retinal occlusive disease and diabetic retinopathy. Patients that are overweight can have a dramatic improvement in these systemic health problems once they start a weight management program and stick to it.  The combination of a gluten-free organic paleo diet, weight management,  exercise, proper sleep, hydration and taking the correct supplements is one of the best ways at controlling systemic  health problems.  Patients that are not able to follow this type of anti aging lifestyle  will potentially need to be on medications  and followed by their physician carefully .

12.  Drink red wine and green tea! I like Long Jing organic green teaimagesCABBJU2T the best do to its extremely high polyphenol content and low caffeine content. This form of green tea has tremendous health benefits for the eye and entire body.  Macha tea is also a great way to get concentrated polyphenols but does have more caffeine.  New research may indicate that drinking red wine in moderation, sipping green tea and cooking with turmeric may have some positive impact on macular degeneration, cataracts and inflammatory diseases in the eye. Consume more Pinot Noir from the New York or Oregon region, because this wine has some of the highest resveratrol content. Try to find a good organic bio dynamic red wine. Bio dynamic wines will use organically grown grapes and have no additionally added sulfites!r Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant proving to have many health benefits. Walnuts are also a good source of resveratrol. The latest research shows that resveratrol, green tea and turmeric or curcumin may all have the ability to inhibit new fragile blood vessel growth (anti VEG-F). This may prove to be beneficial at decreasing the chance of the dry form of macular degeneration from turning into the wet form. Some other specific nutrients that may also exhibit effects on VEGF are Vitamin D, zeaxanthin, tocotrienols, super berries and even B vitamins

13.  Have a vitamin D3 blood test; 25 (OH) D done routinely, making sure you are not deficient in Vitamin D3. Recent research shows patients with low levels of serum Vitamin D may be more imagesCAFGWLNZlikely to develop macular degeneration. Your vitamin D3 levels should be between 60-90 for maximum benefits. Vitamin D is a potent steroid hormone and deficiencies are linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, depression, multiple sclerosis, muscle wasting, schizophrenia and even the flu. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. Just 15-20 minutes of sun exposure during the peak hours in shorts and a tank top while wearing a good pair of blue blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat may be beneficial. After sun exposure do not wash body using any soap for six to eight hrs.  The soap will wash away the oils that are allowing the vitamin D absorption. These 20 minutes of sun would be without sunscreen!  Larger and more darkly pigmented people may need  30 – 40 minutes of sun to get the necessary amount of Vitamin D.   Consult with your physician before too much sun exposure especially if there is a history of skin cancers or melanoma.

14.  Dark Chocolate is high in polyphenols and antioxidants that may prove to be chocolatebeneficial for macular degeneration.The darker the chocolate the better. Dark chocolate is proving to be good for many health conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol and may reduce the risk of blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. Polyphenols from dark chocolate may also exhibit some anti-VEGF properties and may prove to be beneficial for macular degeneration. Try to eat the dark chocolate with the highest percent of cocoa and the least amount of sugar.

15.  Have your DNA checked and Do not take supplemental beta-carotene vitamin A or high dose Zinc! Many emerging and published studies are proving that supplemental beta-carotene blocks the absorption of lutein. Beta-carotene also increases the risk of lung cancer among smokers and is not good for the prostate. There is no beta-carotene in the eye, however, there is a high percent of lutein concentrated in the macula, so macular degeneration patients do not want to block this valuable carotenoid. Do not take Vitamin A palmitate as studies now indicate that it blocks the absorption of Vitamin D and it may increase the risk of macular degeneration and it may also increase the risk of osteoporosis, liver problems and neuro degenerative diseases. If you are deficient in Vitamin A then a physician needs to determine why and treat accordingly. Fortifeye has cut the zinc significantly in all of their products and also has a zinc free product.  High dosages of zinc have been associated with urinary tract problems, Neuro degeneration and increased risk of prostate cancer.  A new study was published in 9/13 proving that certain patients  with specific genes that have macular degeneration may benefit from antioxidants with no zinc!  Fortifeye Zinc Free Macular Defense is now available for those that have had their DNA tested and fall in this category. It is crucial to have your DNA tested if you have Macular Degeneration in order to find out is you need zinc or if zinc is causing harm?

16.  Get a good night’s sleep. imagesCAK7C6Q1More and more research is indicating that sleep deprivation is a major risk factor for many health problems. Sleep deprivation can suppress the immune system, increase inflammation in the body, lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep deprivation may increase your risk of optic nerve problems as well as macular degeneration. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep a night for adults. New science is promoting the use of selective blue filtering lenses like: Ophthalmic Blue Guard, Blue Light Defense, Blue Light Shield or Blue Light Guard  in order  to increase melatonin levels and improve sleep. I have personally improved my sleep habits significantly since I have been wearing the ophthalmic blue guard lenses, Now at night I am dreaming therefore going thru the rem phase of sleep that is necessary for a good night sleep. The blue light protection lenses  really do work they could be called “The Dream Lens””.  If you have any sleep issues  I urge u to buy one of the blue filtering lenses I mention above  in your prescription or in non prescription plano lenses. learn more here www.bluelightdefense.com

17.  Take a good nutritional supplement based on the latest scientific data, preferably one that does not have any artificial dyes and synthetic nutrients. Be careful of supplements that have only “window dressing” amounts of specific nutrients. Many vitamin companies will add tiny amounts of popular nutrients just to be able to put it on the label. These small amounts may have no nutritional value. Patients must also be extremely careful not to take too many supplements as well. Vitamins can build up toxic levels, especially the fat soluble forms. The leading company that takes all of the current science into consideration in the development of their nutraceuticals is Fortifeye® Vitamins. The Fortifeye™ products are all natural with no dyes.Fortifeye Complete Macular Defense Eye Vitamin They provide therapeutic levels of nutrients and no window dressing. The Fortifeye Vitamins mission is stated as promoting proper vision and whole body health with the right ingredients at the right levels. I recommend to all of my patients the multivitamin Fortifeye™ Complete Plus, which is a combination of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, whole foods and omega-3 essential fatty acids designed to lay a strong foundation for eye and total body health. If the patient has macular degeneration, smokes, is over weight or is an extreme athlete, I recommend Fortifeye™ Complete Macular Defense which is a nutritional system developed to help support ocular and whole body health  and give the additional antioxidants necessary for smokers, macular degeneration and extreme athletes.  I have developed  Zinc Free Macular Defense for patients that have tested their DNA and it shows that they would benefit from no zinc.  I also recommend the Zinc Free Macular Defense to patients that have prostate problems, Neuro-degenerative issues and urinary tract problems that have ARMD.   I also recommend all of my patients take a supplement called Fortifeye Focus. This supplement at one per day dosing gives 6mg of astaxanthin along with additional lutein and zeaxanthin that are all three crucial for retinal health. The hottest science and reason for taking Fortifeye Focus is to absorb the harmful blue light.  Children should be taking the all new Fortifeye Focus Chewie once a day to protect their retinas at an early age from the detrimental effects of blue light they are exposed to daily.  I have seen many patients in clinical practice improve, some quite dramatically, while taking these supplements. Many doctors throughout the country are now recommending Fortifeye™ Vitamins to their patients with macular degeneration. Fortifeye stays abreast of the most current science in regards to nutritional supplementation for the eye and body, and because of this, their vitamins for macular degeneration and total body health are constantly evolving.  Fortifeye has multiple  levels of supplements for patients based on weight, age, disease entity and DNA.  For the latest information call toll-free 1 866 503 9746.

You can see that many patients will require a total overhaul in their dietary habits and lifestyles, and others will have some minor adjustments. If patients would only do these 17 things faithfully  we would see much less vision loss from macular degeneration and have a much healthier society. Remember there is no miracle cure for macular degeneration. However if you implement the 17 steps outlined, you will decrease your risk of going blind from macular degeneration. Keep the faith!

Dr Michael Lange

Board Certified Optometric Physician and Certified Nutriton Specialist.

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If you looking for an Eye doctor in Gainesville come to Lange Eye Care Gainesville

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If you are looking for an eye doctor in Gainesville Florida come to Lange Eye Care Gainesville. Dr Michael Lange started Lange Eye Care March 1993 and they have grown to one of the largest eye care centers in Florida with locations from Clearwater to Gainesville.  When searching for an eye doctor in Gainesville make sure the doctor has years of experience and is board certified. Dr Brian Atkins and Dr Thao Ho are both board certified optometric physicians that see patients at the Gainesville Florida location next door to Target on Archer Road. This  Gainesville eye care center is open 6 days a week and has evening hrs. This location takes care of routine eye exams, contact lens exams, pediatric – geriatric exams, diabetic exams, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, macular degeneration and nutritional support for macular degeneration along with advanced DNA…

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Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction protocol.

Dr. Michael Lange in front of The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida, home of the dry eye!  Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction by Dr Michael Lange  11/27/2014 Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Treatment can be accomplished naturally without the use of any drugs or surgery.  Dr Michael Lange of Lange Eye Care and The  Lange Eye Institute has been using an all natural approach for this condition  for over 20 years with huge success.    Dr.  Lange says if these steps are explained in detail to the patient and are followed carefully a vast improvement in dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction will be a result. Michael Lange OD, CNS is one of a select group of eye care providers that is a certified nutrition specialist as well. Dr. Lange is involved in the research and development of nutritional supplements for eye care and whole body wellness. Dr Michael Lange founded Lange Eye care and Associates 3/15/1993 and has grown to 10 locations in Florida. The Lange Eye institute in the Villages Florida is one of the largest Nutrition oriented eye care centers in the country . The Lange Eye Institute is the home to many nutritional omega index studies, beta-carotene/lutein absorption studies and spectracell nutritional studies. Dr.Lange is constantly searching for better natural ways to help his patients. The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida embraces the latest in nutritional, surgical, medical and optical treatments to help their patients. The following 6 steps will help doctors and patients in their quest to improve dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction. These six steps if followed will possibly eliminate even the dryest of eye conditions.  The goal is to make the body work to its fullest potential. 1. Nutrition for dry eyes is the most important step in natural dry eye treatment. The majority of Americans are deficient in omega 3 with an Omega index score around 4 . Omega index is the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in blood. Omega index should be over 8 to gain the therapeutic health benefits. Take a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil with a minimum of 1500 mg of omega 3. Fortifeye Super Omega is many doctors choice for dry eye. The correct dosage of omega 3 will reduce inflammation in the Meibomian glands and improve the tear production. Most patients after taking the correct form omega 3 supplement in the right dosage will have a dramatic improvement in the tear production from the Meibomian glands. Fortifeye Super Omega gives the ratio of DHA and EPA that has been working in large dry eye clinics throughout the world. Omega index studies indicate that two per day dosing of Fortifeye Super Omega will bring the omega index to an average between 9.1 and 11 in patients under 240 lbs. The goal is to bring the omega index to a minimum of 8. People over 240 lbs may need to double the concentration of omega 3 to get the same results. Most patients with dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction will improve by starting the correct form and dosage of omega 3 fish oil. However some moderate to marked dry eye symptoms may need some additional nutritional help. I recommend adding the most potent antioxidant /anti inflammatory nutrient on earth  called astaxanthin at 6mg. Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega. Astaxanthin for dry eye is rapidly gaining a strong foothold in natural eye care. Astaxanthin is a super carotenoid derived from algae. Astaxanthin when added to omega 3 fish oil will enhance the anti inflammatory effects. Astaxanthin will also help to reduce dry tired eye symptoms. Astaxanthin has many other amazing health benefits.  The combination of triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil and 6 mg of astaxanthin will help combat against oxidation and inflammation in the eye and entire body. This combination will also improve circulation to the eye and may indirectly help other eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. One final nutrient that can be added for the more extreme dry eye is GLA from Black currant seed oil. I like a ratio of close to 10 to 1 GLA to omega 3. 140-160 mg of GLA in addition to 1400-1600 mg of omega 3 fish oil is ideal. The exact combination can be obtained by taking two Fortifeye super omega along with 140 mg- 160 mg of GLA. GLA has some additional anti inflammatory properties that stimulate series 1 prostaglandins and aids in healthy tear production. The triple whammy of dry eye nutrition is Triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil, Astaxanthin and GLA. There is a wonderful synergy between Omega 3, Astaxanthin and GLA.  This combination of nutrients is also a power house formula for improving  skin and joint health.  Very new science is proving that the addition of very low dosage of aspirin ( 1/2 a baby aspirin full baby aspirin)  taken at the same time as omega 3 fish oil may also work well together. The low dose aspirin potentiates the anti-inflammatory effects ( resolvin d3) of the omega 3.   This is also being used in moderate to severe dry eye with positive success. Lowering inflammation is very important in the treatment of dry eyes.  Dr Lange recommends patients to take the 1/2 baby aspirin with Fortifeye Super Omega at bedtime.  Always discuss this with your primary care physician before initiating low dose aspirin therapy.

Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega.

2. One of the main reasons for dry eye symptoms and Meibomian gland dysfunction is a build up of microbial flora on the eye lashes and inside the Meibomian glands. This condition is called blepharitis. If lids are quite inflamed ,red and crusty then proper lid hygiene is crucial as the first step at natural dry eye relief. I recommend scrubbing the lids and lid margins with a commercial preparation like occusoft lid scrub foam. This scrubbing will eliminate much of the bacterial flora on the lashes that can clog the Meibomian glands that secrete the crucial outer layer of the tear film. Often times if a patient has a chronic irritated red-eye even after doing lid scrubs with occusoft they may have another condition causing the problem, Another type of blepharitis is related to a small parasite called demodex. Demodex is a small parasite ( mite)that crawls into the hair follicle at night and lays eggs. These eggs will back up on the base of the lash causing a collarette to be seen by the optometrist or ophthalmologist with the bio microscope.  The demodex may cause lids to become red, inflamed, crusty , and itch. It is important to wipe the lashes and lid margins with a special pre medicated pad called cliradex right before bed. Cliradex has the demodex killing properties derived from tea tree oil and is extremely effective for the treatment of demodex related blepharitis and secondary dry eyes. Scrub lashes first with occusoft, rinse then rub the Cliradex onto lashes and lids before bed and do not rinse. This combination of lid hygiene will help to eliminate the microbial flora ( staph and demodex) that is blocking the Meibomian glands and causing the dry eyes. Proper lid hygiene is one of the most important steps in dry eye control and Meibomian gland dysfunction.

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

3. Meibomian glands often times need a jump-start to help them function to their fullest potential and secrete a healthy tear film. Massaging and heating the lid margins is necessary to unclog the Meibomian glands so these glands can secrete the outer lipid layer of tear film. This needs to be done for 10-15 minutes 2 times a day. The use of a warm wash cloth is an inexpensive way to accomplish this but Dr. Lange recommends using  the Bruder Mask to heat up the Meibomian glands.  This is a mask that is put in microwave for 20 seconds and then Velcro around your face for 10-15 minutes two times a day. While the mask is on the eyes gently massage the lid margins to help un-block the blocked glands. This mask will also help cut inflammation surrounding the eyes. The Bruder eye hydrating mask can last 5-10 years without being replaced. This mask is only $25 and makes the hot compresses a very simple and relaxing task.1168-222x300   4.  The use of good preservative free lubricating eye drops are important to use frequently in beginning phases of natural dry eye treatment. Artificial tears that have some hyaluranic acid for dry eye relief is Dr Langes first choice. Dr Lange recommends either Oasis tears plus or Blink to minimize dry eye symptomatology and both have hyaluronic acid in them . Hyaluaronic acid has some anti inflammatory effects and makes these two lubricating eye drops ideal for dry eyes. For the extreme dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction the addition of a special lubricating eye drop called Retain MGD will add additional subjective relief.  Retain MGD helps to replenish the outer lipid layer of tear film that may be deficient in Meibomian gland dysfunction . This combination helps to replenish all layers of the tear film.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

5.  If these first four steps are followed a large percent of dry eye /Meibomian gland dysfunction patients will improve and become asymptomatic. However there will still be patients  that have resistance and will still suffer from this condition. This is when punctal occlusion is recommended.  This is done by your optometrist or ophthalmologist in the office in less than five minutes.  The doctor will take a small custom sized soft medical silicone implant and place it in your drainage duct in your lower eye lids and sometimes in the ducts in the superior eye lid . This is a painless quick procedure that is covered by your insurance.  This blocks the duct that the tears drain out of. This procedure keeps the natural tears on the eye much longer bathing the eye in the natural lubricating properties of the human tear. Punctal occlusion therapy is much more effective after patients have been on anti inflammatory omega 3 fish oil, astaxanthin and GLA for a period of two to three months.  The anti inflammatory nutrients reduce the inflammatory markers in the tear film which makes punctal occlusion much more effective. 6.  Even after following the first five steps you will have patients with moderate to severe dry eye that still have superficial punctate keratitis and significant symptoms.  These patients will usually respond extremely well to new generation stem cell therapies. The Lange Eye Institute and Lange Eye Care Centers are now using  a cryopreserved amniotic membrane called Prokera to reduce inflammation and promote regenerative healing of the ocular surface in these significant dry eye cases . Prokera is a safe quick in office procedure similar to placing a contact lens on the eye that improves the health of a damaged ocular surface naturally. Lange Eye Care has had some amazing visual recoveries on patients with long-term eye inflammation and pain using these new stem cell enhanced membranes.  Dr Michael Lange and the doctors at The Lange Eye Institute  are also using a another membrane calle Aril.  This is an  A cellular allograft amniotic memrane that can be used in place of the prokera for many patients.  Some of the benefits of the Aril is it will not compromise your vision while wearing it for the five day period.   If you have a corneal problem causing pain or compromised vision come to one of the Lange Eye Care locations and see if you may be a candidate for some of this new generation stem cell enhanced amniotic membranes.  After success of the membrane is accomplished patients should continue the first four steps for maximum long term benefit.  Patients with moderate to sever dry eye can get significant improvement with these steps. Dr Michael Lange  states if the first four steps above are followed carefully most people with dry eye and Meibomian gland problems will improve. Many people will notice improvements in as little as five days but it will take up to four months to gain the full potential for dry eyes. These first 4 steps will in many cases eliminate the need to have more expensive dry eye procedures done.  However there will be a percent of patients that will still have a dry eye issue and will need to go to step 5 and step 6. Steps 5 and 6 are still using  a natural approach to solve your dry eye problem.  Dr Lange states that step 6 , utilization of stem cell enhanced amniotic membranes for severe dry eye has dramatically enhanced a clinicians ability to help patients suffering with severe dry eyes !   Dry eye kits including everything mentioned above  in step 1-4 are available at a discounted price at http://www.fortifeye.com.  recommend all readers of this  see their local optometrist or ophthalmologist if they have any problems with their eyes. This  is for educational purposes only. If you are in the Florida area come by one of the 10 Lange Eye Care locations. http://www.langeeyecare.com , http://www.drmichaellange.com

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Dr Michael Lange discusses Proper Digestion for good ocular health and overall health

Proper digestion is crucial for good ocular health as well as overall health discussed by Dr Michael Lange

When the food you consume on a daily basis is not digested well then the absorption of the nutrients is limited.  As we age our digestion can stop working at its peak level and then our overall health can suffer.  Many things can interfere with the natural digestive enzymes and natural bacteria in our digestive system and this can result in all sorts of conditions. Diet is often times the culprit for digestive issues. Todays diets are caloric dense and nutrient deficient. These foods are overly  processed, genetically modified , filled with pesticide, antibiotics, hormones, nitrites , nitrates, sugar, dyes, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. All of this can cause enormous stress on the digestive system.  Millions of people are plagued daily with food allergies, constipation, diarrhea, gas, acid reflux, heart burn, bloating, cramping and low energy .  All of these can be related to poor digestion.

Two simple ways to improve digestion is by adding a good probiotic in the am and right before bed and taking enzymes with all cooked meals.  These two additions to your supplement regiment may reduce many if not all of your digestive issues, improve energy levels and enhance your immune system. Dr Michael Lange has been helping patients improve digestion to enhance their ocular  health as well as overall health.  I have seen many chronic dry eye patients respond extremely well once they get their digestion working better states Dr Lange.   Almost every aspect of a person’s health will improve if they get their digestive system in better condition.

Dr Lange recommends his patients follow an all organic, gluten-free paleo diet.  He also recommends they take Fortifeye Probiotic Bacteria first thing in the morning and right before bed to replenish the good bacteria to the digestive system.  He  recommends a good enzyme like Fortifeye Digestive Enzymes with each cooked meal. If you eat a raw salad then enzymes are not necessary.  Fortifeye has developed evidence based supplements with therapeutic levels of probiotics and enzymes at affordable prices. Learn more at http://www.fortifeye.com

new probiotic by Fortifeye

new probiotic by Fortifeye

new enzyme by Fortifeye

new enzyme by Fortifeye

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Blue Light may be harmful to your eyes and your entire body

Blue light from the sun is good but blue light at night from artificial sources is bad!

Blue light from the sun is good but blue light at night from artificial sources is bad!

Dr Michael Lange founder of Lange Eye Care and Associates  and Fortifeye Vitamins discusses how Blue light may be harmful to the eyes and entire body.  11/12/14

The High energy visible ( HEV) spectrum from about 380-500 nm is the blue light. This blue light is very important to our health during the day time. This blue light is responsible for us being alert, full of energy and cognitively functioning well during the day. However when it gets dark blue light can hinder us.  Blue light is not only out doors it is found indoors as well.  Many of the day-to-day items that we use like television, computers, tablets , cell phones and indoor lighting  emit this blue light.  New University based studies  indicate Blue -Violet light exposure in the evening  may cause  suppression of melatonin. Melatonin is an antioxidant responsible for a good nights sleep and good health.  When melatonin levels drop our biological clock ( circadian rhythm) is interfered with.   Theses lower levels of melatonin may cause sleep deprivation and other health issues.   It is crucial that we minimize our exposure to blue- violoet  light at night-time. How can we do this? well  simply by  adopting a rule of no tv, tablets , computer, smart phone three hours before bed will help dramatically. However realistically this may not work.  Another great option is to wear glasses that filter the blue light. “Blue light defense ” is becoming  the buzz word among eye care providers.   Many blue filtering lenses are now available that you can wear in the evening when you are working on the computer or watching television.  Dr Michael Lange says talk with your local optometrist to see which particular blue filtering lens is best for you.  Many companies now manufacture blue filtering lenses that can be purchased through a local optical. Dr Lange recommends a brand new  almost completely clear blue filtering lens in all Lange Eye Care locations called Blue Light Defense.  .  Dr  Michael Lange also recommends  eating more foods that are high in two carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.  These carotenoids are found in spinach , orange bell peppers and gogi berries.   There are also many supplements on the market that contain these nutrients along with many other beneficial nutrients.  Dr Lange has developed a supplement called Fortifeye Focus  that contains a mixture of astaxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin.  This formula was developed to give the nutrients necessary to decrease focusing strain while on the computer and  help absorb the harmful blue light .    Dr Lange recommends everyone at any age wear blue filtering lenses especially at night and eat plenty of  dark green leafy vegetables and orange bell peppers.  If you cant eat these frequently then he recommends supplementing with the Fortifeye Focus or Fortifeye Focus for kids ( coming July 2015) or a similar brand.  Fortifeye Focus Chewie ( for kids and adults) is all non gmo natural delicious chewie containing  lutein, zeaxanthin isomers and astaxanthin.    Learn more  at  www.drmichaellange.com , www.langeeyecare.com or www.fortifeye.com  to learn more about the latest blue filterning lens called Blue Light Defense go to www.bluelightdefense.com

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Dr Michael Lange discusses low dose aspirin combined with omega 3 fatty acids to combat inflammation

Aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids work together to fight inflammation

Source: Cell Press  February 21 issue
Fortifeye Super Omega a great way to help inflammation

Fortifeye Super Omega a great way to help inflammation

 Dr. Michael Lange of Lange Eye Care and The Lange Eye Institute states new science promotes  the health benefits of low-dose aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids at fighting inflammation.    New research shows that low dosage aspirin combined with omega 3 fatty acids help to trigger  production of resolvins .  Resolvins are natural anti-inflammatory fighting molecules produced by omega 3.  These resolvins help to shut down inflammation that is a root cause to aging and many diseases.  This research found that a specific resolvin D3 derived from the omega 3 DHA stays longer at inflammatory sites. These studies  also shows that low dosage aspirin triggers the production of this longer acting resolving D3.  This new science will enable doctors  to study the potential anti inflammatory effects this combination of aspirin and omega 3 will have on the entire body and the eyes.  The root cause to many diseases in the body and the eye is inflammation.  This combination of low dosage aspirin and omega 3 could be a huge  benefit to many  ocular conditions.  Dr Lange  states many of our patients already benefit from these anti inflammatory properties since they are currently taking both omega 3 and a baby aspirin. This combination may prove to be beneficial for dry eye syndrome, uveitis, iritis, retinitis and possibly even macular degeneration since all of these eye diseases have inflammatory components.   Dr Lange now recommends his patients take the combination at bed time or even better if they wake up in the middle of the night.  Maximum effect in the body is usually four to six hrs after taking.  Many heart attacks and strokes  occur first thing in the am, so it makes sense to take it ideally in the early am hrs so it is at maximum concentration upon awakening. learn more at : http://www.fortifeye.com/category/dr-michael-lange-anti-aging/

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Dr Michael Lange talks Natural Anti Aging

Michael Lange Optometrist and organic chef.

Dr Michael Lange optometric physician and organic chef.

Natural Anti Aging discussed by Dr Michael Lange.  10/11/16

Dr. Michael Lange is an Optometric Physician and a Certified Nutrition Specialist, he is the founder of Lange Eye Care and Associates and The Lange Eye Institute.  He is involved in nutritional research and is the founder of Fortifeye Vitamins. Dr Lange is a syndicated talk show host of “Ask The Dr” non stop since April 1993.  This talk show is a live call in show dedicated to educating the listeners about  the latest in eye care and nutrition.

1.  Proper Diet is key to anti aging! Consuming the right foods and avoiding the wrong foods is extremely important when following a specific diet. God made a pretty good body and when the proper fuel is given to the body it performs very well for a very long time.  I recommend  consuming a modified organic gluten free paleo diet. Organically grown fruits and vegetables should be the largest portion of your meal  and then a good organically raised source of protein like eggs,  chicken, turkey, wild cold water fish , grass fed bison or beef.  Stay away from all processed, canned, frozen foods. I recommend trying to consume 9-10 servings of organically grown fruits and vegetables a day.  Some of the best fruits and vegetables  to consume are : Spinach, Kale, swiss chard, Broccoli, Orange and red bell peppers, avocados, cauliflower,  Brussel  sprouts, cabbage, apples, oranges, grape fruits, blue berries, cherries, grapes, bananas, pomegranate, black berries, raspberries,  pineapple, asparagus , watermelon, squash, strawberries, mushrooms and artichokes.  Drink plenty of spring water and stay away from distilled or reverse osmosis water.  I dont like these type of purified waters because the minerals are leached out and they are very acidic. However if u have an RO system you can make the water healthy water by filling up a glass container with the RO water and then putting a half teaspoon of pink sea salt and chop up a few fruits and vegies into the water and let it sit at room temperature. This process will alkalize the reverse osmosis or distilled water and refurbish the minerals.  You can eat organic brown rice or some gluten free pasta a few times a week with this diet. Use extra virgin coconut oil and virgin olive oil for cooking. Drink a few glasses of organic green tea a day and stay away from sugar free or decaffeinated drinks.  Drinking  A2 cows milk , goat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk is all ok a few times a week. I also think men over the age of forty should drink some organic pomegranate juice every day for prostate health. To aid in digestion using manuka honey as a sweetener  is a great idea and I  recommend eating some fermented food like sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt and  miso soup  three to four times a week.  Snacking on seeds and nuts and goji berries is also a great way to get some extra protein and antioxidants.  Try to eat five small meals a day and dont eat anything 3 hrs before bed.  If u are like most people u will fall short of the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables so I developed an all organic gluten free, fodmap free powdered superfood called Fortifeye Organic Blue Green Superfood . One scoop of this super food will give you the fruits and vegetables u may be lacking in your diet.  A great snack u can have in between meals is a Paleo Bar made by a company called Paleo Simplified . Paleo Simplified energy bars are raw , Paleo and gluten free   These paleo bars are filled with antioxidants that are good for the entire body and has a great carbohydrate to protein ratio with no binders, fillers or artificial sweeteners . 

2.  Exercise is a crucial step of anti aging.  We should all try to get a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic cardiovascular exercise five days a week.  As long as your physician says its ok. Try to get our heart rate over 100 bpm for this amount of time.  It is even better if you can do this activity out doors in the sunshine.   I also recommend another  20-30 minutes of resistance training five days a week. This can be calisthenics or weight lifting.  Exercise releases stress, improves circulation and releases natural body beta endorphins.  Try not to exercise three hrs before bed because it can interfere with your sleep. I also recommend doing outdoor sports and activity as much as possible.  Many out door activities I recommend are Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, baseball, basketball, soft ball, volley ball, tennis, racquet ball, swimming, soccer etc…    Make sure to wear the appropriate safety gear for each sport!

3.  Proper amount of Sleep may be the most important step in anti aging. Most Americans are sleep deprived !  Many people give up sleep for play and work.  An adequate amount of sleep is as important as adequate amount of exercise.  I recommend between 7-9 hrs of sleep for everyone.  Chronic sleep deprivation interferes with metabolism and can cause cortisol levels to rise. This creates an inflammatory cascade,  weight gain and a whole host of other diseases.  Heart Disease, diabetes, obesity and  poor brain functioning are all linked to sleep deprivation.  If you have trouble sleeping  try turning off the tv and reading a book (paper back not kindell) an hr before bed.  Make your bed room as dark as possible and unplug any electronic devices in the room, put black electrical tape over any led lights on alarms or fire detectors. Turn down the air conditioning  to around 70 degrees.  Do not watch tv or use any electronic devices one to two hrs before bed if possible. The tv, computer and other electronic devices will actually tell the pineal gland to decrease the secretion of  melatonin and it will interfere with your sleep. If your current lifestyle dictates that you must still work on the computer or watch tv in the evening then I recommend purchasing blue light defense lenses .  These lenses have blue light filtering properties. If we filter the blue light that is emitted from the computer, television , indoor lighting, portable tablets etc then the pineal gland will not stop the normal secretion of melatonin.  Prolong exposure to blue light is a root cause to accelerated aging in the eye and the entire body.  I recommend these lenses to all of my patients for their computer glasses and often times on their every day pr of glasses as well. New scientific evidence is proving that lower melatonin levels also increases the risk of many types of cancer in the body.   A hot bath with a pound of sea salt while reading a book will also help you relax and  promote a good night sleep. Lastly drinking organic tart cherry juice and eating a handful of pumpkin seeds 2 hours before bed may also help stimulate natural production of  melatonin and improve sleep.

Fortifeye Family of products

Fortifeye Family of products

4. The correct Supplements definitely have a role in anti aging. In todays hectic busy  lifestyle most of us do not have the time to shop, prepare and eat 9-10 servings of organically grown fruits and vegetables.  Therefore I recommend everyone taking a good multivitamin to help combat against free radical damage and oxidative stress.  The problem is most multivitamins you can buy over the counter are filled with synthetic dyes, synthetic nutrients , trans fats and only have very small amounts of the beneficial nutrients.  I developed a Multivitamin called Fortifeye Complete Once Daily that has no dyes and only all natural levels of true evidence based nutrients to help fight against  free radical damage in the body and your eyes.  I also recommend everyone at any age young and old taking a good Omega 3 fish oil supplement. Most of us are omega 3 deficient and this is one of the root causes of so much inflammation in the typical American body.  Most Americans are eating a diet high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids that  are creating many health issues. I recommend adding about 1600 mg of Triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil to everyones diet that weighs over 170l bs and about half that much if you weigh less.  You must read the labels and make sure it says triglyceride form on the omega 3 fish oil label. If it doesnt say it than it is an inferior less bio-available form called ethyl ester omega 3 fish oil.  I have developed  one of the most potent and purest triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil that is now being used by 1000s of doctors and people  all over the world called Fortifeye Super Omega.  I developed this so my patients  would have a cost effective evidence based omega 3 supplement available to them that delivers a therapeutic dosage in only 1-2 gel caps.  Many studies have proven that omega 3 has tremendous health  benefits. Recently studies have shown that omega 3 can actually slow down the rate at which the end cap of a chromosome called a telomere shrinks.  Omega 3 fatty acids may actually slow down chromosomal aging.  I recommend taking one dosage right before bed or better yet if you wake up in the middle of the night to go to bathroom take your fish oil then.  The omega three produces resolvins and protectins  at a maximum level at four hrs after ingesting and this ideally will be at the highest levels first thing in the am when u wake up, this is the  time that people are more prone to strokes and heart attacks. So in theory if the omega 3 is at its highest concentration in your blood when u wake up it may decrease the chances of a heart attack or stroke.


Another relatively new anti aging nutrient is called astaxanthin. This is a carotenoid in the xanthophyll family that gives the reddish color to wild alaskan salmon. Astaxanthin has both potent antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects that makes it a perfect nutrient for any anti aging recipe. I developed a supplement called Fortifeye Focus that has 6 mg of astaxanthin along with two other beneficial carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin that are great for the eyes and the skin. This supplement may help improve the focusing ability in the eyes and patients also notice improved skin health and less wrinkles in the face.  As we age the master antioxidant in the body called Glutathione starts to decrease and it can be very difficult to get rid of a glutathione deficiency. I have found that using  a scoop of undenatured whey protein concentrate once daily in a smoothie is a great way to stimulate glutathione production.   I recommend mixing some organic berries , pineapples and banana with a scoop of non denatured whey protein concentrate from grass fed New Zealand cows to boost  glutathione an get a great source of protein and antioxidants.  I developed Fortifeye Super Protein from New Zealand grass fed a2 cows for this purpose .   Everyone at any age should have their blood tested for Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is a very common deficiency that can lead to many health issues if not corrected. I do recommend a half hr of sun four days a week without any sunscreen for fair complected people and  maybe 45 minutes of sun four days a week for darkly pigmented people. The sun is a great source of vitamin d. Do not stay out long enough to get burned. After  being exposed to the sun do not wash your body with soap for at least six to eight hrs. The soap will wash away the oils on the skin that are allowing the vitamin D to absorb.  Many people that can not get sun exposure or live  up north during the winter months will need to supplement with  Vitamin D 3 anywhere from 1000 ius – 5000 ius daily depending on  how deficient your Vitamin D test is.  I recommend seeing your physician for this blood test and then  following the doctors recommendation on Vitamin D supplementation.  Many women and men may need to take a calcium supplement depending on  what their bone density scan shows. People must be very careful buying  large amounts of over the counter calcium supplements . Too much calcium may actually cause calcification of the blood vessel linings and increase ones risk of a stroke, heart attack or an ocular occlusive event and macular degeneration.  New studies are suggesting  taking a form of calcium called hydroxyapatite combined with  either ipraflavone or strontium along with Vitamin D3, magnesium, vitamin k, phosphorous and boron to maximize the absorption of the calcium into the bone and minimize the potential  complications. I like a product made by Douglas labs called Osteo -Guard Plus Ipraflavone. I also recommend after the age of 50 taking a good enzyme with all cooked meals and a probiotic right before bed on an empty stomach.   Fortifeye Vitamins has a new generation enzyme and probiotic now on the market that I recommend ( Fortifeye Digestive Enzymes and Fortifeye Probiotics Bacteria)  .  Finally I recommend  anyone that follows my protocol to have a spectracell blood test done four to five months after starting this anti aging regiment. This is a blood test that will look for any nutritional deficiencies at a cellular level and also look at many other important blood chemistries. There are many other good supplements  that one can take but I wanted to cover the basics in this introduction to anti aging.   If you have the desire and the discipline to follow the steps I have outlined you will begin to feel better and look better!   Think positive thoughts,  smile and be happy !  Remember Rome wasn’t built over night, give these lifestyle adjustment steps a minimum of four to six months before you go back to your old ways. Trust me you will adopt this as your new way of living!   Welcome to the ANTI-AGING ZONE!

Dr Michael Lange

Board Certified Optometric Physician and Certified Nutrition Specialist




Dr. Michael Lange in front of Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida

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Ocala Eye Care

ocala eye care at is best with Lange Eye Care

Macular degeneration treatment in Ocala

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  Ocala eye care has become attractive for many ophthalmologists and optometrists do to the very large retirement communities in the area. 

Dr. Michael Lange Optometrist and nutrition specialist realized this 20 years ago when he opened his first Ocala eye care center in 1993.   Lange Eye Care and Associates was started on March 15, 1993. Now Lange Eye Care has nine locations in six counties.  Lange Eye Care has grown considerably into one of the largest privately owned eye care centers in the state.  Lange Eye Care  has Optometrists and Ophthalmologists that can handle all types of eye diseases from the most complicated retinal surgery to making a great pair of glasses.  Dr. Lange has three  locations in the Ocala eye care market.  The…

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