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Breaking news! Vitalux ADVANCED has launched, and is available only through optometry offices during early 2014.

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Results of a research study called AREDS 2 were released this past May. AREDS is an acronym for Age-Related Eye Disease Study and data has been collected from 4000 participants over 10 years by the US Eye Institute. We’ve summarized the important facts for you below:

There are two types of risk factors for AMD: “Non-modifiable” (factors that aren’t under our control) and “Modifiable” (factors we can change). Non-modifiable risk factors include: age, family history, gender (female), light eye colour, and ethnicity (Caucasian). The modifiable risk factors are: smoking, sun-exposure, diet (high in fat, low in antioxidants), obesity, exercise, hypertension, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease.

Poor nutrition was in the top 10 risk factors. Supplementation is recommended if nutrition is lacking.

The original AREDS formulation included: 500mg of Vitamin C, 400 IU of Vitamin E, 15mg of betacarotene, 80mg of Zinc, and 2mg of Copper.

The original study showed that a combination of high dose antioxidant vitamins and zinc produced a 25% reduction in risk for developing advanced AMD over 6 years.

The second AREDS study (AREDS 2) added 10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin, and removed beta carotene due to risk of lung cancer in smokers. The lutein and zeaxanthin may help because they accumulate in the macula and respond to oxidative stress that can cause photoreceptor death. This provides protection from dry AMD changing into wet AMD (which is the bleeding and scarring within the macula that causes severe vision loss). Omega 3 was also evaluated during the AREDs 2 study, but despite its well known benefits for heart disease and dry eye, it did not show significant risk reduction in advanced AMD, and was removed from the formulation.

With so many vitamin supplements in the market, it is important to know a person’s health status and eye condition before deciding whether a change in diet and lifestyle is enough or if supplementation is needed Dr. Dianna Leong, Dr. Anh Bui and Dr. Elizabeth Yan can recommend what is right for you. Vitalux Advanced has a good safety profile, is easy to take (one capsule twice a day), and is very reasonably priced. Foresight Eyecare has it in stock now. If you have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration or know someone that has this condition, please consult the eye doctor to learn if the new Vitalux Advanced is the right choice.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan

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Starting tomorrow December 22nd will be closed through December 26th. Additionally, we will be closing early on New Year’s eve at 3:00 pm and we will reopen Saturday, January 2nd.

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