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 firstname.lastname@example.org or for general inquiries, e-mail – email@example.com .
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
February is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a chronic and progressive eye disease that affects the macula. The macula is where your vision is sharpest. AMD is a leading cause of blindness in adults and primarily affects older individuals. There are a number of symptoms characteristic of AMD, including: · A blurred/blind spot in the center of your vision · Requiring more light for reading · Difficulty seeing in low light · Colors not seeming as bright · Overall vision is hazy Contributing factors to AMD: · Family history of macular degeneration · Smoking · High Cholesterol · Sun exposure AMD is not preventable. However, there are things you can do to help lessen its impact on your ocular health. Your macula contains an important protective substance known as macula pigment (MP). Your MP is composed of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-Zeaxanthin. The first two are obtained from diet and found in corn, squash, broccoli, and leafy green veggies like spinach and kale. These nutrients can also be consumed in an ocular supplement, like Focus Select.
Andrea reached out to us to share her story. She has four granddaughters and stays as active as she can. When her eyes began to give her trouble, she went to her Optometrist and Rhuematologist for help. Hello Focus Vitamins, I wanted to let you know that I love your Focus Dry Eye Relief supplements! I began to have irritation last Summer in one of my eyes. After seeing my Optometrist, I found out that I have occasional dry eye. I was treated with prescription eye drops but quickly learned I was allergic to that type. The doctor then prescribed Lacrisert, but they irritated my eyes and were difficult to insert. I still had dry eyes and couldn't focus on words to be able to read or be outside without wearing two pairs of sunglasses. My eyes were very dry, felt gritty and the other over the counter (OTC) drops just weren't helping much. I decided to try your Focus Relief Plus supplements and I am very glad I did! After taking them for a few weeks, I started to notice a distinct difference. My eyes felt less dry and gritty. Before long, I was able to stop using my OTC eye drops. I am finally able to read books without a lot of eye strain. The best part is that I can read to my granddaughters again! Thank you so much for this product, -Andrea in Virginia Andrea was given a free bottle of Focus Relief Plus for sharing her story on our blog.
This blog post features a story from NPR Morning Edition's Susan Stamberg. Every few weeks, the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. helps blind and low-vision visitors experience art with multiple senses. Participants on the tour include a range of limited vision abilities, from those born partially or totally blind to those that experienced their vision loss later in life. The specially trained docents use carefully crafted language and sensory memories to engage the multiple senses of the visually impaired visitors. Some works of art are able to be touched by the visitors when using special gloves. "The visitors move slowly through the museum, some "seeing" in their imaginations, others, with low vision, getting really close to the artwork to see it better with magnifying devices. The docents take questions about the art and the artists. Visitor Kilof Legge listens intently. He's taken lots of these tours. He has had macular degeneration since childhood and has deeply missed art. "For the longest time I really felt angry when I came into a museum," he says. "And hurt and insulted, almost. Because these are public places and I felt I was denied access." He says he is "grateful and excited" to have the art world opened back up to him through tours like these." The blog Eye Level gives a deeper look into these specialized tours. You can learn more about the perspective of the docents as well as the visually impaired visitors here: Art Museum Tours For Visitors Who Are Blind.
The following post comes from our Account Manager, Laura Mills. Every member of my family has terrible vision. My brothers and I each received our first pair of glasses in the 3rd grade. I soon transitioned to contact lenses when I reached the 6th grade and I wore them every day for the next 10 years. After giving birth to my first daughter, I resorted to wearing my glasses because it was easier to manage. It wasn't until a friend of mine spoke about her LASIK experience that I began to consider it for myself. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and is a procedure performed by an ophthalmologist to reshape a cornea in order to improve visual acuity. My contact prescription was -5.75 in both eyes. Without corrective lenses I could not see any defined shapes more than a few inches from my face. I met with my ophthalmologist and I was approved for an iLasik procedure, which is performed by lasers rather than by blade. On September 11, 2012, I had iLasik corrective surgery and it was the best investment I've ever made! One of the side effects of LASIK is the likelihood of dry eyes. I was given prescription drops immediately after surgery and purchased over the counter drops to use in the months following. In my personal experience, it seemed like my eyes were becoming reliant on the drops rather than producing their own tears. I wanted to eventually stop using drops and not be dependent on them for the rest of my life. Less than 6 months after my surgery, I became pregnant with my second daughter. The hormones of my pregnancy impacted my eyes in two unexpected ways: my vision worsened but my dry eye improved! According to my doctors, pregnancy hormones are unpredictable and usually return to normal after giving birth. They were right: my vision returned to my new post-operative normal and my dry eye returned, but on a smaller scale. 3 years later, my second daughter is officially a three-nager and I take Focus Relief Plus for my dry eye. I no longer need drops! LASIK remains the best decision I've made for my eye health. It's amazing to be able to see my growing children right before my eyes!
We are thrilled to announce that Focus Relief Plus is here! To celebrate the release of Focus Relief Plus, we want to give you 10% off of your first order! A 30-day supply can be auto-shipped for free to your home when you sign up for a subscription. You can combine the 10% discount on your first order and get free shipping by visiting our product website here: Focus Relief Plus Subscription. We've taken our formula for dry eye and added an additional 1,000mg of omega-3's (EPA and DHA) as well as other key ingredients that benefit your eye health. Our fish oils are sustainably sourced from the first fish oil supplier to be MSC certified. We are also an NSF certified and cGMP compliant manufacturer.