Patient One VisiOmega™ is a comprehensive, science-based formula, developed to protect the health of the eye’s macula and delicate photoreceptor cells while optimizing visual performance and eye comfort. VisiOmega builds upon a carefully calibrated foundation of U.S. government-studied eye antioxidants, plus further supports eye health with Omega 3 fish oil and a proprietary Ocular Antioxidant Blend.
The landmark AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) established age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as a “nutrition responsive disorder.” Emerging science, including AREDS 2 and numerous other studies, have continued to build evidence on the visual-enhancing properties provided by various eye nutrients. Researchers at the National Eye Institute found that daily intake of certain high-dose vitamins and minerals can slow progression of the disease in people who have intermediate AMD and those who have late AMD in one eye.(1)
VisiOmega supplies powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in doses that have been clinically validated for their role in protecting and supporting eye health and particularly the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for sharp vision.
Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Lycopene
These xanthophyll antioxidant carotenoids migrate to the eye, where they replenish macular pigment that promotes peak eye health and visual performance. Lutein acts as “internal sunglasses” that shield the macula from damaging blue light. Zeaxanthin fights oxidative stress in the retina. VisiOmega supplies lutein as FloraGLO, the lutein brand chosen by the National Eye Institute for use in the AREDS2 study.(2) Evidence suggests that lutein consumption is inversely related to eye diseases such as AMD and cataracts.(3) Lycopene supports restored glutathione levels and protects against oxidative stress. Low levels of lycopene are associated with a higher risk of AMD.
Ocular Antioxidant Blend
Oxidative stress on light-sensing cells in the retina can cause damage that leads to vision loss. Patient One’s proprietary Ocular Antioxidant Blend contains a botanical complex with high potency, bioavailable antioxidants. It supplies sight-protective nutrients including taurine, glycine and alpha lipoic acid plus carotenoid antioxidants from bilberry, eyebright, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine and others. These eye compounds may reduce eye fatigue while promoting flash blindness recovery, depth perception, night vision, light-to-dark adaptation including adaptatation to dimly lit spaces, and high-resolution vision.
Omega 3 Fish Oil
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and ecosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from fish oil are found in high concentrations in the retina where they are important structural components of photoreceptors. The critical role of DHA in normal retinal function is well documented and it is suggested that dietary intake may protect against AMD.(4) Omega 3s also modulate inflammation, optimize retinal photo-transduction, and down-regulate growth factors associated with eye problems.
C, E, Zinc, Selenium and Copper
These vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, studied by the National Eye Institute, have been found to reduce risk of age-related vision issues. It has been concluded that a combination of zinc and antioxidants rather than zinc alone should provide a safer and more effective way to improve eye health conditions.(5)
VisiOmega supplies zinc as OptiZinc®, a unique methionine-bound zinc complex. The bioavailability of zinc is normally low, and OptiZinc’s superior absorption and retention over other forms of zinc may help its health-promoting benefits. Zinc supports ocular tissues, specifically in the retina where the highest concentration of zinc is found in the body.