Welcome to Kathy Kaehler Healthy Stories. At age 40 when I looked down at my dinner plate my food was blurry. After freaking out I waited for it to pass.  Toying around with the funny glasses at the drug store and still no clarity I finally made the appointment for an eye exam.  At age 45, I learned I had a stigmatism in my left eye and my 20/20 vision had gone bye-bye, bummer. My doc said you are normal (LOL) this happens at your age! Gr8, another thing to add to the aging list. As instructed I ordered the glasses and as time marched on my prescription was adjusted with each annual check-up.  More blurry food. Yikes!  Looking at my phone in bed was only possible when wearing my glasses.  Keeping a pair next to my computer was a must.  One couldn’t help but wonder, what’s next?

It was February 2015, when a wise friend asked, why aren’t you taking Visionex  ? I don’t know, why should I? I’m already wearing glasses how is a vitamin going to help.

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Needless to say I ordered it and took it religiously for over a year.  It was May 2016, I went back to see (no pun intended) my eye doctor. After the shocking, blast of wind eyeball test for macular degeneration and the glass flipping lens guessing quiz, haha, my doc looked at me perplexed and asked,  “What have you been doing to your eyes?”  “Your vision is better!”

I shared with him a year ago I had started taking vitamins specifically for my eyes. Ones that protect my long-term eye health with scientifically validated nutrients from my own business  .  I shared with him this vitamin supports clear vision and formulated with lutein, vitamin C and zeaxanthin all of which are recommended by the National Institutes of Health.  He reached up onto his shelf and pulled down a box containing the new eye vitamin from Baush + Lomb.  Get this, a ten year clinical Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) by the National Eye Institute showed that a unique vitamin and mineral supplement may help SLOW the progression of moderate to advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Of course my curiosity was cranking and I wanted to know what was in the B+L vitamin compared to my USANA Visionex.  Check out the labels and tell me what you see.

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Now, I’m no scientist however, I’ve worked with some over the years.  I’ve learned a thing or two about ingredients. What stood out for me is that both Baush+Lomb added artificial dyes and very little of the powerful ingredient zeaxanthin. Additionally, it’s extremely important to recognize a supplement’s manufacturing and processing. Do you know what the company is known for?  How long have they been in business?  Are they credible?  Do they have recognized standards for research and development?

Baush + Lomb is one of the largest suppliers of eye health products mainly contact lenses, lens care products and implants.  The supplements came about after these studies showed the importance of added specific eye nutrition you can’t get through food alone.  I could not locate where the vitamins are made, sourced, manufactured etc…on their website.

I take my supplements from a company that only makes supplements and has been in business for the last twenty- four years.  What is in the vitamin is key and where it is sourced.  The source of lutein in many lutein supplements are marigold flowers, while for zeaxanthin it is often red peppers.  Again you can’t eat enough of the peppers to get the optimal amount you need.  If you choose a lutein and zeaxanthin supplement, I recommend making sure it’s a high quality product from a reputable dietary supplement company.

Leaving my appointment with a reduced-tweak in my prescription, I was happy to have the confirmation prevention works.  I love my knowledge of where my vitamin comes from and what’s in it and that it contains no dyes.  I’m also very optimistic that my future looks bright according to my eyes.  How about you?

Here’s to eating some carrots tonight that come with natural organic color no dyes.

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Best,

Kathy

Kathy Kaehler Healthy Stories