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      You read about the wonders of Lutein and how it can help you get sharper, clearer vision, but when you take a supplement containing Lutein, you see no improvement.

      It can be so frustrating!

      In fact, things can get so down right discouraging that you might even consider giving up Lutein for good. But wait

      What you don’t know is… MANY vision formulas today contain only HALF the lutein which was shown in new studies to protect your vision. That’s the big lie.

      We call ‘under-dosing.’ When you take insufficient amounts of lutein, you’re really just wasting your money. Your eyes wo n’tget any better because there isn’t enough lutein to make a difference.

      It’s like adding sugar to a cup of coffee. Every grain of sugar will technically make the coffee sweeter, but only when you add the right amount of sugar will you get the desired taste. Anything less just won’t cut it.

      Similarly, if you’ve been taking a vision supplement with a low dose of lutein, it could be the reason why your vision isn’t improving.

      Hello. My name is Dr. Victor Marchione and while I’m not an eye doctor, some of my patients ask me, "Is there anything I can do about my eyes? My vision is getting worse every year!"

      Many of my patients are frustrated at having to buy stronger prescriptions for their glasses every year and not getting the sharp, clear vision they once had. Vision that can help them read easily, watch television or drive at night.

      Sadly, they’ve resigned themselves to thinking that vision loss is a natural result of aging. Some have even tried lutein formulas and they haven’t noticed a difference. That’s when I tell them they could simply be under-dosing.

      You can imagine their relief when I tell my patients that by taking the proper dosages of lutein and zeaxanthin... as well as robust targeted antioxidants that focus on eye health, their vision can begin to improve naturally.

      You might ask: Why are vitamin supplement makers under-dosing their lutein? Good question.

      It all began over 10 years ago...

      Back in 2004, a year-long study called Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial, or LAST for short, was conducted in America. All the participants (average age 76 years) suffered from macular damage.

      The results of the study at the time were considered groundbreaking. LAST showed that participants receiving 10 mg of lutein saw improvement in visual function.

      When the results were published in 2004, many vision supplement suppliers jumped on the LAST bandwagon and went with 10 mg of lutein.

      But is 10 mg of lutein enough?

      10 mg of lutein was okay back in 2004, but things have changed. What hasn’t changed, however, are the suppliers who seem to be stuck in the past.

      They continue to rely on a 10-year-old study with an outdated 10 mg dosage (or even less!) when newer and more recent studies show 10 mg may not give you the:

        Macular pigment optical density [how well the eye absorbs light]

       Glare recovery [how fast eyes adjust to glare]

      Near visual acuity [the sharpness of up-close objects]

        Contrast sensitivity [how well you can distinguish an object from its background]. …that is needed to improve your vision, and help you see better both day and night.

      Why do they continue with the ‘Lutein Lie?’

      Why do they insist on saying that 10 mg is sufficient to protect your priceless eyesight? That lie is endangering not only the health of your eyes, but your independence and freedom of movement as well, for years to come.

      The shocking truth is: Many of them know that 10 mg of Lutein is not enough. They’re ignoring all the new research and peddling a sub-dosage solution simply because upgrading to the new formulas can be expensive.

      You need TWICE the lutein that you’re getting right now!

      Research shows that lutein is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radical damage. This is very important as your eyes are especially vulnerable to free radical attacks.

      Your eyes are one of the few organs in your body that have direct contact to the outside world where environmental toxins, pollutants, UV light, and thousands of other irritants, such as auto exhaust, dust or chemical fumes, can damage your eyes.

      UV light and blue light damages every corner of your eye. This damage is happening constantly in your body since the day you were born. It causes your eyes to undergo oxidative stress which in turn thickens your eye lenses making it difficult to focus. The end result - your vision becomes cloudy and blurry.

      Free radical damage also destroys the photoreceptors in your macula causing central vision loss.

      Your macula thins and weakens. Your eyes can’t adapt to glare from oncoming traffic and driving at night becomes a nightmare.

      That’s why 3 in 4 adults wear glasses or contact lenses. As macular thinning usually happens after 40 yrs, vision loss is attributed to age. But that’s not true.

      The truth is, your eyes are experiencing the effects of Lutein deficiency. You see, lutein and zeaxanthin help reduce blue light absorption up to 40%, which significantly reduces oxidative stress on the eyes.

      To offset this deficiency, vitamin suppliers have been adding lutein to their formulas. But sadly they were adding only 10 mg of lutein or even less!

      Not surprisingly, people like you are not seeing improvements in their eye health. Instead, you’re forced to go with stronger eyeglass prescriptions every year... or say no to night-time invitations... or undergo painful eye surgery.

      So don’t listen to their 10 mg ‘Lutein Lie.’ The truth is: To get lutein’s FULL antioxidant power to help:

        Protect your delicate macula and retina to maintain central vision and night vision

        Fight free radicals from zeroing in on your eyes

        Maintain lens focus for sharp, clear vision

        Filter out the sun’s harmful radiation for healthy eyes

        And enjoy years of independent living

      ...you need 20 mg lutein daily.

      NEW research reveals 20 mg of lutein is what you need!

      New studies are increasingly telling us that 20 mg of lutein is the proper dosage to help improve overall eye health and promote clearer, sharper vision for both day and night. For instance:

      Reduces Oxidative Stress
      In a double-blind trial of lutein supplementation conducted on healthy non-smokers, the patients were divided into 3 groups. The first group received 10 mg of lutein, the second group received 20 mg, and the third received a placebo. At the end of 12 weeks, oxidative stress was significantly reduced in the 20 mg lutein group.

      Sharper Vision Starting in 2-4 weeks
      Patients with retinal damage were given 20 mg of lutein for 26 weeks. Their vision improved and became sharper starting in just 2 to 4 weeks.

      31% Better Results
      A small study conducted in China found thata dose of 20 mg of lutein increased Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) 31% more than 10 mg of lutein. A few benefits of greater MPOD is better contrast sensitivity and glare recovery as well as sharper vision.

      Night Driving Easier
      In another study participants (all taxi drivers) were divided into two groups. One group received 20 mg of lutein. The other group a placebo. After one year, participants taking 20 mg showed ‘significant’ and ‘considerable’ improvements in contrast sensitivity and glare sensitivity – leading to easier driving at night.

      As you can see new evidence is pouring in for increasing lutein dosages to 20 mg, yet most vitamin suppliers still carry on with ‘The Lutein Lie’ telling you that all you need is 10 mg or less. Please stop wasting your money with these substandard formulas.

      Since your body can’t make its own lutein or zeaxanthin, I recommend 20/20 Vision to all those worried about losing their eyesight. Finally with 20/20 Vision, they can get the proper lutein dosages to improve their eye health today... and also enjoy sharp, clear vision for years into the future.

      Now my patients often ask me, "Can I get lutein from the foods I eat?" Absolutely! You will find lutein in all manner of dark and leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, green beans, and peas.

      But to get the full 20 mg daily dosage your eyes need, you would have to eat almost 6 cups of raw spinach every day... or almost 12 cups of broccoli... or 16 cups of peas – every single day!here’s another ‘Lutein Lie’ you should know about. A couple of suppliers fill up their formulas with MORE lutein than you need. They claim more is better, but that simply isn't true.

      Currently, there is no study I’ve been able to find that proves extreme dosages are more effective. And because they give you more lutein they often charge you way more too. Please don’t waste your money on extra lutein you don’t need.. 20 mg of lutein – what I know to be the right dosage your eyes need.

      You need 5 more targeted antioxidants for total eye support. 

      While lutein and zeaxanthin have been shown to be critical for protecting your macula and improving central vision, research shows that five more high-powered nutrients are needed to help give your eyes optimal support.

      The truth is, every part of your eye – your retina, your lens, your cornea, your optic nerve, your pupil – need potent antioxidants to fight off oxidative stress and free radicals.

      If they don’t get these antioxidants, your eyes wither, stiffen, weaken, and your vision gets cloudy, blurry, and darkens. You lose your ability to drive, to enjoy your favorite activities, even to live an independent, active life.

      Let me paint you a picture of the damage oxidative stress can do to your eyes...

      Have you ever seen a half-eaten apple left on a counter, or a newspaper left in the sun. The apple turns brown and withers. The newspaper turns yellow. That’s oxidative stress.

      And that same process is at work in your eyes right now, unless... you have the FULL dosage of these antioxidant superstars protecting and healing your eyes.

      Promote healthy night vision with vitamin A and zinc

      For most people, driving at night can be stressful! In fact, if you’re bothered by the glare of oncoming car lights or find it difficult to see in the dark, it can be downright dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, traffic death rates are three times greater at night compared to daytime.

      Studies show that one of the leading causes of poor night vision is vitamin A deficiency. Your retina contains tiny rods called rhodopsin, which function as strong light receptors. These rods help you to see in low light, such as twilight. However, as you age, these rhodopsin levels decline.

      But vitamin A regenerates the rhodopsin in the retina, helping to restore night vision.

      20/20 Vision has 2,500 IU of vitamin A, the proper dosage for healthy rhodopsin levels and improved night vision.

      To help boost the eye-supporting power of vitamin A, we’ve added the mineral zinc to this vital vision formula. That's because zinc works to bring more vitamin A into the central part of your retina.

      Plus, zinc is known to help support a healthy intraocular pressure (IOP). Unhealthy IOP can lead to vision loss, especially peripheral vision.That’s why you’ll find a robust 12 mg of zinc in every daily dose.

      Increase blood flow for better night vision with bilberry

      Because your night vision is so important, I’ve also included 160 mg of the highest-quality bilberry extract. Bilberry, the English cousin to the blueberry, is rich in an antioxidant known as anthocyanidins.

      This is the critical substance in bilberry that protects your retina against free radical damage, nourishes tissues around the eyes, increases blood flow to the eyes and strengthens tiny capillaries.

      In fact, anthocyanidins provide 50 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E and 10 times the power of vitamin C to protect your eyes from free radical damage.

      Perhaps you know the old story of RAF pilots in WWII eating bilberry jam on their toast right before a flying mission. They claimed bilberry helped them to see their targets better.

      The ‘mystery’ antioxidant for retina 
      protection and sharper vision:
      This ‘mystery’ nutrient is the subject of more than 200 scientific studies in Europe. It’s an extract from a type of pine tree. This extract is rich in an antioxidant flavanoid called proanthocyanidins, which helps protect the retina from oxidative stress caused by UV light.

      Studies have shown that this flavonoid also strengthens the weakened capillaries surrounding the eyes for better blood flow to the eyes. A study published in Molecular Vision shows that pine bark extract taken with bilberry can increase blood flow to the retina.

      But not only does pine bark extract help improve blood flow, it actually improves the walls of the blood vessels acting as a sealant to reduce any blood leakage. In one clinical study, 75% of patients with vision loss reported sharper, clearer vision after taking pine bark offers 80 mg of pine bark extract to help nourish and protect your eyes.

      Fight free-radical damage with 
      the great antioxidant blueberry

      The best antioxidant ever for fighting free radical damage and protecting your eyes. It’s the humble blueberry. Tests show that a serving of blueberries contains more antioxidants than most other fruits and vegetables. To make sure you get the strongest free-radical fighters and improve your vision both day and night, well into your 90s and beyond. But you must start taking these healing antioxidants NOW to feed your eyes.

      Are you worried you won’t have healthy eyes as you age?

      To treat failing eyesight today, your only remedy used to be wearing stronger glasses every year... or surgery. There is still no pharmaceutical remedy for improving eyesight like there is for cholesterol, high blood pressure or fragile bones.

      That’s why it ’s so important to give your eyes all the natural healthy nutrients and antioxidants – in the correct, robust dosages – to protect your eyes from environmental toxins, sun damage and aging.- help you continue to live a rich life of independence and activity. So go ahead... drive your car day or night... take your dream vacations... read your favorite books... golf, keep up with your hobbies... see and play with your grandchildren...and never ever be a burden to your family.

      As you age, the biggest danger to your independence is losing your eyesight. Just close your eyes for 5 minutes and try to move around.

      Sometimes eye surgery is necessary to save your sight. But at other times you don't need it. Before you face the knife or the laser, here's what you need to know:

        The real truth about cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is not completely guaranteed. ’s when you need surgery... and when you don’t.

      blue-box  The new surgery for glaucoma. Why doctors ditched the knife for the laser. But not all laser surgeries are the same.

        The ins and outs of ‘corrective vision’ surgery or Lasik, and who should NOT have it.

        And much more!


    • References
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      3. The Vision Council of America
      4. Augustin, Albert J., ed. Nutrition and the Eye: Basic and Clinical Research. Vol. 38. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, 2005.
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      10. National Safety Council - Night Driving Facts
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