Eye Care

The Eye Specialists of Charles River Eye Associates (CREA) and Cornea Consultants International (CCI) offer their extensive education, clinical, and research backgrounds to provide patients the most current and advanced eye care. Many such advances can, in fact, be attributed to the CREA and CCI doctors themselves who have collectively published over 500 scientific studies and delivered over 1,000 presentations on the results of these studies at national and international meetings. Our mission is to meet the unique needs of each patient individually in order to improve and maintain their qualities of vision and life. Preventive medicine is an important component of our practice philosophy to encourage good eye health, in addition to treating disorders and diseases of the eye.

We strive to provide the highest quality vision services and eye care products in an efficient, economical and patient-friendly fashion. These eye care products include vitamins, minerals and nutrient supplements to prevent development of or prevent further damage to the eye, especially the retina (macular degeneration), the lens (cataract) and general aging of the eye. The purpose of this brochure is to provide an introduction to the most current nutritional antioxidants/supplements.

From the table it can be appreciated that Ocu-Plus contains many more antioxidants than the more commonly used Ocuvite and I-Caps.The most commonly used eye vitamin and mineral supplements are Ocuvite and I-Caps. These supplements contain antioxidants that have been shown to protect the eye. Although, they contain a number of vitamins and minerals, the concentrations vary significantly. The table provides a comparison of the recommended daily doses (2 capsules of Ocu-Plus, Ocuvite and I-Caps).

OCU-PLUS is a multi-nutrient supplement providing a powerful balanced combination of
antioxidants, which protect us from the free radicals we are exposed to day-to-day. It is these free radicals that are believed to play a role in the development of chronic eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, which are the leading causes of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged 65 and older. Although proper dietary supplements help to maintain good ocular health, choosing the right supplement is a challenge. OCU-PLUS is a premium quality supplement that provides nutrients that have been implicated as important contributors to good ocular health.

OCU-PLUS vitamins and supplements are formulated to be taken twice daily- once with the morning meal and once with the evening meal. This method creates an optimal and effective level of the vitamins and supplements over an extended period of time.

In the case where a multiple vitamin is being taken and it is not in the best interest for the patient to change vitamins, it is then suggested that the patient take their multivitamin with the breakfast meal and take one OCU-PLUS with the evening meal.

  • Bioflavonoids are plant pigments that protect the eyes from sunlight damage. They are powerful antioxidants that may enhance retinal blood flow while preventing free radical damage.
  • Bilberry is a pigment naturally occurring in plants and is the European version of the blueberry. It is an antioxidant that speeds regeneration of rhodopsin (the visual pigment used in low light) improving night vision.
  • Chromium is a mineral. Low levels are a risk factor for increased intraocular pressure, which is associated with glaucoma.
  • Copper (gluconate) is an element and antioxidant that keeps cell membranes healthy, aids red blood cell hemoglobin production, and is required for the proper formation of collagen, a component of connective tissues.
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is important for health of the retina. NAC increases production of glutathione, an important antioxidants in the eye.
  • Eyebright (Euphrasis officinalis) is an antioxidant herb that effectively strengthens and improves circulation. It is also rich in vitamins A and C and contains tannins that are beneficial in reducing inflammation.
  • Ginkgo Biloba is a powerful antioxidant that increases blood flow to the retina and can slow retinal deterioration such as in the case of macular degeneration.
  • Glutathione is an antioxidant that protects tissues surrounding the lens of the eye. Studies link glutathione with prevention of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, and diabetic blindness.
  • α-Lipoic Acid is a nutrient that plays a crucial role in the mitochondria (the energy-producing structures in cells) and deactivates an array of cell-damaging free radical
  • Lutein is the yellow pigment in the macular region of the retina. It protects retinal photoreceptors from free radical damage from ultraviolet light. It is an antioxidant that lowers the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Quercetin is a powerful bioflavanoid antioxidant with properties similar to melanin, and protects the eye from damage by solar radiation. Studies suggest quercetin inhibits the activity of compounds that contribute to cataract development.
  • Rutin is a bioflavonoid that reduces leakage from small blood vessels in the retina and strengthens capillaries.
  • Selenium is a trace mineral in the body that boosts immunity. Acting as an antioxidant, it can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Low levels of selenium have been found in cataract sufferers.
  • Vitamin A is essential for proper eye and retinal function. Vitamin A has been shown to be helpful in adjusting to light changes, enhancement of visual acuity, preventing formation of cataracts, and preventing blindness from macular degeneration.
  • Vitamin C has been linked to the prevention of cataracts. It has been shown that use of Vitamin C can reduce cataract risk, delay macular degeneration, and reduce eye pressure in glaucoma patients. Humans do not produce Vitamin C nor can they store it for very long so it needs to be constantly replenished
  • Vitamin E protects against cataracts and age related macular degeneration.
  • Zeaxanthin occurs in high amounts in the macula protecting against macular degeneration. It protects the photoreceptors from free radical damage from ultraviolet light.
  • Zinc is a mineral that has been shown to improve vision in patients suffering from macular degeneration.