Ocuvue is the all-around eye vitamin that is used for early Macular Degeneration especially if cost is a significant factor. Traditional vitamin treatments for Macular Degeneration have zinc levels that are 12 times the recommended daily dose! High Zinc can lead to copper depletion in our bodies and so the traditional eye vitamins have added copper to offset the copper depletion caused by the Zinc. 4sight and Ocuvue have significantly less levels of zinc while still offering the benefits of the traditional eye vitamins. Below is some information directly from Ortho Molecular Products about the details of Ocuvue.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant that research suggests can, in combination with other essential nutrients, support visual acuity and the health of ocular blood vessels. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials totaling over 23.000 people found that both vitamin C and E supported macular health and visual acuity. In a 2014 study, systemic vitamin C supplementation was shown to promote corneal health in a study of 82 patients, followed for three months. In addition, women using vitamin C for 10 years or more experienced better eye health outcomes over time.
A potent antioxidant, vitamin E plays a key role in maintaining the health of various parts of the eye. High daily intakes of fruits, vegetables, and vitamins C and E were associated with significantly improved eye health among 600 elderly individuals. In addition, a multicenter, randomized, controlled, clinical trial (which was followed by an epidemiologic follow-up) found vitamin E to significantly support macular health in over 3,500 subjects.
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent water and fat-soluble antioxidant shown to prevent sorbitol-induced leakage of important antioxidants from the tissues of the eye. Furthermore, ALA has the unique ability to "recharge" other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E and glutathione. Studies have shown ALA has the potential to reach high concentrations in, and maintain the health of, the ocular lens in animals. ALA has also been found to promote healthy blood sugar levels by supporting insulin-induced glucose removal both in the whole body and in skeletal muscle. Oral ALA has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity by 27%, and when taken over three months, 600 mg/day promotes healthy blood fats by 36% and provides potent systemic antioxidant support.
The two carotenoid pigments best known for their role in eye health, lutein and zeaxanthin have been shown in a variety of epidemiological, clinical, and interventional studies to advance health and visual acuity. Supplementing lutein and zeaxanthin has been found to maintain the health of the lens protein, lipid, and DNA of the eyes, as well as to support redox status within the cells when under oxidative stress. In addition, a rich intake of carotenoids, like lutein and zeaxanthin, has been found to help maintain eye health. In a year-long intervention, 145 patients were divided into three groups: one group was given a placebo while the other two groups were given capsules containing lutein, zeaxanthin, DHA, and EPA each day. Researchers found that the supplements significantly improved antioxidant capacity, macular xanthophyll levels, and the optical density of the macular pigment.