Now that the temperatures are rising, we thought it would be a good time to remind you that when left outside in extreme temperatures, vitamins (and other supplements) can lose their potency and even melt. To prevent your vitamins from melting or sticking to each other, it is important to avoid leaving them outside for extended periods of time. This includes not leaving your vitamins sitting in the car or in the mailbox. Keep an Eye on Your Tracking Number Whenever a Focus Vitamins order is placed, online or by phone, a tracking number is provided by email once the order is shipped. We recommend keeping an eye on the tracking number so that you can get your vitamins as soon as they arrive. If you are not able to get your mail and rely on somebody else to get it for you, consider sharing the tracking number with them. USPS Package Intercept® Focus Vitamins are shipped via USPS and, unfortunately, not all delivery trucks are equipped with air conditioning. As mentioned before, this can cause the vitamins to melt or stick to each other. Luckily, you can request that your local Post Office holds the package for you until you, or someone else, can pick it up. This ensures that your package is not sitting in a hot truck outside, but inside, hopefully at room temperature. Click here to learn more about this service. If you have any questions or need assistance with an order, please contact us at (855) 663-6287, Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST or you can email us at [email protected]
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Good nutrition is an imperative part of eye health. One of the most important nutrients is a carotenoid called zeaxanthin. Carotenoids are the molecules that give plants their colors, such as yellow, orange, and red. Zeaxanthin, in particular, gives a yellow color to plant-based foods such as corn, saffron, paprika, and more. There are around 700 carotenoids found in nature, but only zeaxanthin and lutein (another nutrient that helps protect vision) are deposited in high quantities in the eyes. As we age, those nutrients stop replenishing themselves, which is where a good diet comes into play. Read on to learn about the role zeaxanthin plays when it comes to eye health. Protects the Eyes from Blue Light When people think of blue light, usually what comes to mind are computers, tablets, or cellphones, but the truth is that blue light is everywhere. It can not only come from digital devices, but also from the sun and certain kinds of indoor lighting. Visible light contains a range of wavelengths and energy, and blue light is the one that contains the highest energy, which is why it is the most harmful to the eyes. Zeaxanthin, along with lutein, acts as a “natural sunblock” for the eyes by absorbing excess light energy. A study from the University of Georgia concluded that supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin increased macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and, in turn, improved people’s headache frequency, eye fatigue, and other visual performance issues often associated with excessive digital screen time. Focus Blue Light formula, which contains lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin, is a natural filter of high-energy blue light. Our formula promotes healthy eye function by increasing macular pigment in the eye and improves contrast sensitivity and glare to help the eyes quickly recover after use.
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Protects the Skin Not only can blue light exposure affect the eyes, but did you know that blue light can also negatively affect the skin? Blue light exposure leads to changes in skin cells, including shrinkage and even death of said cells, which in turn speeds up the aging process and may also cause hyperpigmentation of the skin. Aside from blue light, our skin is constantly getting exposed to elements, such as polluted air and chemicals in the environment, that can lead to skin damage. Because zeaxanthin is an antioxidant, it helps fight off damage from these elements by accumulating in the dermis and protecting the skin. Reduces the Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and it affects more than 10 million Americans. Currently, there is no cure, but there are ways to prevent it and slow its progression. In fact, there have been many studies conducted that show the benefits of zeaxanthin and lutein can have when it comes to AMD. One of these studies, and perhaps the most known, is the AREDS2 study published in 2013. This study revealed that participants whose diets contained the lowest amounts of foods containing natural lutein and zeaxanthin experienced the greatest AMD risk reduction from taking the daily nutritional supplement. The table below shows foods that contain both zeaxanthin and lutein and should be included in people’s diet, whether or not they have been diagnosed with macular degeneration.
Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313592356_Lutein_and_Zeaxanthin-Food_Sources_Bioavailability_and_Dietary_Variety_in_Age-Related_Macular_Degeneration_Protection For people who have not been diagnosed with AMD, these foods are a great way to decrease the risk. For those who have been diagnosed, eating these foods can help slow down its progression, especially when paired with AREDS2 vitamins, such as Focus Select®.
The on-going COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting some delivery times across the United States. Focus Vitamins is dedicated to sending your product(s) in a timely manner, however there have been longer-than usual delays reported in shipping facilitated by USPS. While we continue to watch this closely, we are still recommending that you should plan for the arrival of your order between 6 and 12 business days from order placement. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Our Customer Service Department continues to operate and support your needs during our normal operating hours. We can assist you with any questions you may have, and discuss home delivery options that best fit your needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (855) 663-6287, Monday – Friday, 10 am EST – 4 pm EST or email us at [email protected] Please stay safe and healthy! Focus Vitamins Team
Focus Vision Supplements announces a new partnership with Macular Degeneration Association. One of the principal missions of the Macular Degeneration Association is to provide education that empowers patients and their caregivers to live fuller and more comfortable lives with their vision diseases and challenges. You can learn more about their events by visiting https://macularhope.org/events. Focus Vision Supplements is proud to be the only AREDS2 based supplement endorsed by the Macular Degeneration Association.
MDA also provides the opportunity to physicians to become leaders in the AMD community by earning the distinction, "Center of Excellence." Practices can learn more about this distinction by visiting https://macularhope.org/center.
The identification of safe, effective therapies is a top concern of retina physicians and their practices everywhere. Retina physicians sit at the confluence of a challenging landscape that requires balancing cost, availability, effectiveness, and business success. That’s why we’re happy to partner with companies who can help these doctors meet this challenge head-on, with safe, evidence-based therapies that also deliver business value. Our latest addition to the Focus Vision Supplements family falls into this category. We’re proud to partner with USRetina, a leading network of over 300 retina practices and 1200 physicians focused on providing operational support and best-in-class access to leading-edge retina treatment modalities. They’ll be featuring Focus Vitamins’ best-selling AREDS 2-based formula in both a softgel and chewable tablet in their group purchasing organization, in addition to a large portfolio of offerings. Together, we're helping retina practices focus more on delivering exceptional care and less on the challenges of running a business.
Focus Vision Supplements attended ASRS 2019 in Chicago.
The following is a recent profile in RetinaLink. The article was written by Nicole Sheeler and can be viewed here.
The first Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was presented in 2001 to the retina community at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The well discussed and debated AREDS study was conducted by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The ongoing discussion is whether or not patients should take a multivitamin when there are early signs of wet or dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). RetinaLink contacted Dr. Gaurav K. Shah at The Retina Institute in St. Louis, MO to inquire about how he educates his patients on vitamins during their retina exam in his office.
RetinaLink (RL): Please explain the ongoing controversy with vitamin supplements for eye related disease and outline your conversation with your patients. Gaurav K. Shah (GKS): The controversy surrounding genetics and vitamin supplements continues to be discussed at meetings. My associates and I rely on the NEI studies as our guideline on vitamin supplements. The NEI AREDS studies are time tested and there are other studies that have different conclusions. Currently, I am making my decision on the AREDS study and the recommendations of the AAO. Now as more data is analyzed, that might change, and we may do something totally different. In my opinion, that’s the best information we have in the retina community and I make my recommendations based on the NEI’s data. The data is the data. There is a healthcare delivery obligation to have a conversation with your patients about macular degeneration, the benefits of an AREDS supplement, the reason to stop smoking, and the importance of leafy green vegetables. The information you provide should be in context. All patients in your waiting area have a smartphone and can google WebMD to find out more about vitamin supplements and AMD. On average, I spend 1 to 2 minutes outlining supplements, provide a brochure and let the patient know they have options.
RL: Why do you recommend vitamins to your patients with AMD? GKS: Patients want to do “something”, so they get some health benefit. Patients in their 50’s and 60’s are healthcare addicts. I can select patients that will benefit from AREDS2 supplements. The reality is patients with macular scars don’t need supplements; however, a patient with large soft drusen and pigmentary changes should take an AREDS formulated supplement. Patients want empowerment regarding their health. The conversation I have with my patients is simple yet, informative. Take an AREDS formulation and stop smoking. They can choose to go to Walgreens, Costco or Wal-Mart an select their vitamins off the shelf or they can take a Focus® Select sample available in my office (chewable or non-chewable) and determine if they like the vitamin pill size and taste. We’ve broken down the daily cost for AREDS2 supplements and its approximately $ 15 to $ 20 per month which equals 3 to 4 cups of coffee. That’s a good return on investment for your eye health. RL: Please outline why your practice prefers Focus Select’s Concierge services. GKS: We have Focus Vision Supplements in our practice for our patients’ convenience. The Focus Select AREDS2 formulation was developed by retina specialists for retina specialists. My patients can receive their vitamins each month through the auto-ship program which offers convenience and they are always available versus running out.
RL: Why is Focus Select’s program easy for your patients? GKS: While counseling my patient, I highlight the patient benefits of taking an AREDS2 supplement. As the patient checks out, my front office staff advises the patient that they have three options. Get your vitamins from a local retailer.Our Retina Institute staff can assist with auto ship registration on Focus Vision Supplement website https://focusvitamins.com to ensure they add the credit card number and patient information correctly since the Internet can be overwhelming.Our staff assists the patient to navigate the Focus Vision Supplement website https://focusvitamins.com to type in their information and credit card number.An important note about Focus Vision Supplement products and the proceeds from these sales. The Retina Institute invests all proceeds in retina education. I continue to be an advocate for Focus Select because it is seamless for my patients; samples, auto ship and AREDS2 formulation developed by retina specialists for retina specialists. We can make a dent on AMD and give the patient something they can do for themselves. At the end of the day, it’s all about empowerment. To learn more about why Dr. Shah prefers Focus Vision Supplements, products and customized programs, e-mail Mike Harrington at [email protected] or for general inquiries, e-mail – [email protected] .
July is Dry Eye Awareness Month! We wanted to share this helpful graphic from the American Optometric Association.
Focus Vision Supplements attended the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago this October. We were excited to talk about our new Focus Relief Plus formula - more details are coming soon!
Focus Vision Supplements attended the American Society of Retinal Specialist meeting in Vancouver in July. We look forward to attending next year's meeting in Chicago!
Focus Vision Supplements attended the Aspen Retinal Detachment Society meeting in March of 2018. We look forward to attending again next year!
At Focus Vision Supplements, we are always seeking out new ways to help improve patients’ adherence, satisfaction, and long-term eye health. This is why we’ve created the Focus Select Chewable with those needs in mind. It features the same Focus Select formulation with a great citrus taste. The chewable is ideal for patients with difficulty swallowing or those looking for another option for their AREDS2 supplements.
We had another great conference with AAO in New Orleans - thanks for visiting our booth! You can learn more about the American Academy of Ophthalmology by visiting their website at https://www.aao.org/.
Thanks for joining us in Boston for ASRS 2017! We always love visiting with practices we know and introducing ourselves to new doctors. You can learn more about the American Society of Retina Specialists by visiting their website at https://www.asrs.org/.
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Focus Vision Supplements! Did you know that green vegetables are good for your eye health? In many cases, the darker the green, the richer the nutrients. If you'd like to learn more about which green vegetables are best for your eye health, check out our blog post from September: Best Vegetables for Your Eye Health