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Ocular Nutrition is a dietary supplement first endorsed by radio commentator Paul Harvey in the late 1980s. Manufactured by Hi-Health, the supplement contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, herbs and phytochemical compounds that are purported to support eye health 1. While some research shows that these nutrients may be beneficial for your eyes, critics differ on who they can help, which and how much you should take, and whether or not Ocular Nutrition is a good choice at all. Talk to your doctor before taking any type of dietary supplement.
Each dose also provides a high level of copper and calcium.
Left unchecked, AMD can cause vision loss. Hi-Health states that the antioxidants in Ocular Nutrition will prevent this damage 1.
The ads stated that Ocular Nutrition could help people with AMD regain lost vision, reverse cataract development and get rid of moving specks, commonly referred to as floaters. The FTC required Hi-Health to remove these claims from its ads since none were based on scientific evidence 1.
If you are diagnosed with intermediate or late AMD, supplementing with some of the compounds contained in Ocular Nutrition may slow the progression of your condition, according to the National Eye Institute. However, Dr. Paul Bernstein, a specialist at the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center, notes that other components of the supplement -- eyebright and bilberry, for example -- have not been tested thoroughly and cannot be recommended. Ocular Nutrition is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is also not verified for purity and potency by the U.S. Pharmacopeia, a nonprofit organization recommended by ConsumerReports.org 4.
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