Only Eye Vitamin That Supports Two Health Benefits in One, Clinically Proven AREDS 2 Formula for Eye Health and 100 mg of CoQ10 Antioxidant for Heart Health*
Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO) (“Bausch + Lomb”), a leading global eye health company dedicated to helping people see better to live better, today announced the U.S. launch of PreserVision® AREDS 2 Formula soft gels plus coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Developed as a convenient two-in-one option, PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula eye vitamins plus CoQ10 is the only eye vitamin that combines the exact nutrient formula recommended by the National Eye Institute (NEI) to help reduce the risk of moderate to advanced Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) progression in AMD patients with CoQ10 to help support heart health.*1,2
AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans who are 50 years of age or older3 and the leading cause of blindness for the 65+ population.4 People with AMD often have multiple conditions, such as heart disease, which has similar risk factors to AMD.5 This can lead to patients feeling overwhelmed as a result of the numerous medications and supplements they may be required to take.
“Heart disease is one of the top health concerns for AMD patients, aside from doing all they can to help preserve their sight,” said Rishi Singh, M.D., staff physician and president, Cleveland Clinic Martin Hospitals, Stuart, Fla. “I encourage all my AMD patients to maintain a healthy diet and make sure they are exercising regularly, which are important actions they can take to proactively support both conditions. AMD patients should also take an eye vitamin with the proven nutrient formula such as PreserVision® AREDS 2 vitamins to help reduce the risk of moderate to advanced AMD progression. Now, with PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula + CoQ10, AMD patients have a convenient alternative that will help ensure they receive their important nutrients for eye and heart health every day.”*
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that the body produces naturally, which helps support healthy cell function. Levels of CoQ10 in the body decrease as people age, and they also tend to be lower in people with certain conditions, such as heart disease, and in those who take statins.6
“We are proud to offer eye care professionals and their patients with this new option, which includes the same clinically proven AREDS 2 formula eye vitamins plus CoQ10 to help support heart health,”* said John Ferris, senior vice president, Consumer, Bausch + Lomb. “Americans over the age of 65 take more than five pills per day on average, and as people age, their bodies naturally lose the ability to keep up with their ongoing CoQ10 demand. In lieu of taking extra supplements and to make it easier for people to stick with their vitamin regimen, we developed this two-in-one formula to help make it easier for them to support both their eye and heart health.”
PreserVision® AREDS 2 Formula eye vitamins, including the new PreserVision AREDS 2 formula with CoQ10, contain the exact nutrient formula recommended by the NEI. This exact formula includes certain amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are two powerful antioxidant carotenoids that have been clinically shown through decades of research to help reduce the risk of progression in people with moderate to advanced AMD. In 2022, the NEI’s AREDS2 10-Year Follow-on Study further confirmed the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin in the AREDS 2 formula.1
PreserVision AREDS 2 Formula soft gels with CoQ10 are now available in the vitamin aisle or online at most major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Target and Amazon, and have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $42.99. For more information on PreserVision eye vitamins, visit www.preservision.com.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
AMD is a progressive eye condition that impacts central vision and is a leading cause of blindness in adults 50 years of age and older. Early-stage AMD often does not present any symptoms or changes in vision, as symptoms usually appear gradually over time. This progressive condition can impact one or both eyes, causing people to have difficulty with daily activities like driving, reading or recognizing the faces of loved ones.2
About PreserVision® AREDS 2 Formula Eye Vitamins
PreserVision® AREDS 2 formula eye vitamins, the most studied eye vitamin brand, contain the exact NEI-recommended formula based on the AREDS2 study. The daily dose (two capsules) of PreserVision® AREDS 2 vitamins provides the exact same levels of all six clinically proven nutrients as the NEI supported formula: vitamin C (500mg), vitamin E (400 IU/180mg), lutein (10mg), zeaxanthin (2mg), zinc (80mg zinc oxide), and copper (2mg cupric oxide). For more information on PreserVision®, visit www.preservision.com.
About the AREDS, AREDS2 and 10-Year Follow-on AREDS2 Study Results
The AREDS and AREDS2 studies are landmark clinical studies conducted over 20 years by the NEI. The AREDS study in 2001 demonstrated that taking a specific combination of antioxidants and zinc could help reduce the risk of progression of AMD in those with moderate to advanced AMD. In 2012, the NEI completed the AREDS2 study, which tested several changes to the formulation, such as adding omega-3 fatty acids, substituting lutein and zeaxanthin for beta-carotene, and/or reducing zinc. The current AREDS2 nutrient formula recommended by the NEI is the result of this study.
The NEI 10-Year Follow-on Study results evaluated the long-term results of participants who were involved in the AREDS2 study. Consisting of 3,883 people (6,351 study eyes) with moderate to advanced AMD over a 10-year period, the follow-on study further validates the original findings of the AREDS2 formulation with lutein and zeaxanthin, demonstrating an incremental reduction in risk of the progression to late-stage AMD.1
About Bausch + Lomb
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2. National Eye Institute Website. Retrieved from https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/age-related-macular-degeneration. Accessed May 25, 2023.
3. Prevent Blindness: Age-Related Macular Degeneration Fact Sheet: https://preventblindness.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/PBAMD_Fact-Sheet21.pdf.
4. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Website. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/resources/features/macular-degeneration.html#:~:text=AMD%20is%20a%20major%20cause,vision%20needed%20to%20see%20clearly. Accessed May 25, 2023.
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