Dr Michael Lange and his 5 simple natural steps for dry eye

Dr Michael Lange uses 5 simple steps that he has developed and used clinically for many years to help his patients with dry eyes.  He has helped 1000s of patients naturally with these proven steps.  Dr Lange sees patients from  all over the country at The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida  for a natural approach to their eye conditions.  Dry eye syndrome is one of the eye conditions that responds quickly to a natural dry eye approach. Dr Michael Lange also preaches these natural approaches to eye disease on his syndicated  talk show that can be heard world-wide called “ask the dr”.

Dr Michael Lange is an Optometric Physician and a Certified Nutrition Specialist that is involved in the research and development of nutritional supplements and Paleo food products.  He also sees patients  on a daily basis at The Lange Eye Institute.

Dr Lange’s 5 step  natural dry eye protocol if followed will decrease dry eye symptomatology in a large percentage of patients. The 5 steps are 1. Nutrify   2. Heat   3. Lubricate   4. clean 5. Hydrate

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Nutrify: Adjusting the diet and adding some specific supplements will help to decrease oxidation and inflammation in the body and in the eyes and help increase the production of good quality tears.  The typical American diet is calorie dense and nutrient deficient. The American diet is also pro inflammatory. Dr Michael Lange recommends following a modified gluten-free Paleo diet.  He has developed a diet called ” The Lange Diet” that enables people to get down to their ideal body weight very quickly and improve digestion at the same time.  Dr Lange adds 1600mg of Omega 3 (Fortifeye Super Omega) for anyone under 250 lbs, if over 250 lbs then 4 of these omega 3 are needed.  Omega 3 will help to allow the meibomian glands to secrete a healthier tear film.  6-12 mg of Astaxanthin is also added to the supplement regiment depending on the weight of the patients.  anyone under 250 lbs takes 6mg and above that weight will take 12mg of astaxanthin.  Dr Lange developed a unique fish gel cap that has 10mg of lutein, 2 mg of zeaxanthin and 6mg of astaxanthin called Fortifeye Focus. This is the supplement he combines with Fortifeye Super omega to get the astaxanthin and the additional health benefits of Lutein and Zeaxanthin.  Numerous blood tests have revealed that as we age and our eyes become very dry, Glutathione deficiencies are quite common. Dr Lange started using whey protein concentrates years ago to help stimulate glutathione in his dry eye patients with positive results.  A whey protein concentrate from grass fed cows is the best way to stimulate glutathione.  This type of protein is very high in Lactoferrin, CLA and covalent bonded cystein.  These 3 nutrients are often times quite deficient in the aging population and when they are sufficient  in the body the immune system is much stronger.  Dr Lange recommends drinking one to two smoothies a day using a good New Zealand Whey Protein Concentrate from grass fed cows.  Dr Lange has developed Fortifeye Super Protein so his patients have access to this super high quality protein at an affordable price.  It is very difficult to find a high quality whey protein concentrate from New Zealand at the local vitamin shop.  In summary eating a Paleo diet and taking a good Omega 3 ( Fortifeye Super Omega), Astaxanthin (Fortifeye Focus) and a Whey protein concentrate (Fortifeye Super Protein)  is a step down the right path of nutrition to help dry eyes.

Heat: Heating the meibomian  glands is crucial to keep these glands open and flowing freely. The meibomian glands become clogged with a waxy material and that  blocks the outflow of the outer layer of the tear film.  There are many expensive procedures available like lipi flow, meibomian gland probing and laser that can give relief but may not be necessary if  you follow Dr Lange’s 5 step protocol for dry eye.  A warm wash cloth to the lids works fine however it is a bit cumbersome and time-consuming to constantly keep warm compresses on the eyes.  The Bruder Mask is Dr Lange’s number 1 choice for applying heat to the lid margins.  He recommends using the Bruder Mask 2-4 times a day for 10 minutes depending on the severity of the condition.

Lubricate:  As we age there are many reasons for the decrease in natural tear production so patients with dry eyes must use artificial tears frequently to help alleviate their symptoms.  Dr Lange has concluded that the 2 best lubricating eye drops are Oasis Tears Plus and Blink Preservative Free tears.  Both of these tears have a unique natural anti inflammatory component called hyaluronic acid in the tear make up.  Dr Lange gets great results when patients will use these drops 2-6 times per day depending on the severity of the dry eye. If not responding well to one of these drops then the addition of a drop called Retaine is recommended to use alternating  with Oasis or Blink drops.

Clean:  The eye lids are home to many types of pathogens like bacteria, virus, antigens and mites.  The meibomian glands on the lid margins are a dark moist environment perfect for breeding of these pathogens.  Blocked meibomian glands are a result of the overflow of this type of flora on our eye lids.  Cleaning the eye lids with a good lid cleanser will eliminate this type of flora and improve the tear quality.  Dr Michael Lange recommends using Cliradex Pads or Cliradex lite foam 1-2 times a day for the first month.  After the first month you can continue to use Cliradex 3 times a week or go to a less expensive foam cleaner called occusoft.

Hydrate:  Dr Lange early in practice realized most of his patients were not drinking enough good quality water and this was one of the reasons for many of their health problems and dry eyes.  Many patients will drink 3-4 cups of coffee or more daily along with a few alcoholic beverages in the evening, these may cause a dehydrated state in many.  Most experts recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of good quality water daily.  If consuming a lot of coffee or alcohol then extra water will need to be consumed to off set the diaeresis effects.  Dr Lange recommends drinking bottled spring water for maximum hydration since it is alkaline and contains natural minerals. He says to avoid purified bottled water since these are mineral free and very acidic.  1-2 cups of coffee a day is fine and some studies indicate may help dry eye symptoms in small quantities.  Dr Lange also says 1-2 cups of coconut water daily helps with hydration .  So drink to your health and drink away your dry eyes.

You can learn more about and order the Fortifeye  supplements developed by Dr Lange at www.fortifeye.com   you can learn more about Dr Lange and link up to him on social media at www.drmichaellange.com

 

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Non Denatured Whey Protein Concentrate for Dry Eyes – Dr Michael Lange

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Non Denatured Whey Protein Concentrate from Grass fed New Zealand cows may benefit dry eye. by Dr. Michael Lange

I have been involved in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye for over 25 years. I have seen what works and what doesn’t work over this time period. I have adopted a more natural approach to treating dry eyes over the last 10 years with some great success. Over the last 10 years I have done numerous intracellular blood evaluations (spectracell) on my dry eye and macular degeneration patients and found that the majority were deficient in omega 3, vitamin D3, Vitamin B12 and glutathione. I imagine the vast majority of people as we age are deficient in these areas as well. My goal as an optometric physician and certified nutrition specialist is to reduce these deficiencies and improve overall wellness of the eye and entire body. The omega 3, B12 and D3 deficiencies are relatively easy to reduce through proper supplementation dietary adjustments and a little sunshine as long as there isn’t an underlying systemic disease-causing these deficiencies. Most Americans simply are not fueling their body with the right nutrition. However the Glutathione deficiency is a little more difficult to eliminate. Using supplemental NAC and adjusting the diet certainly will help but the best way I have found to eliminate glutathione deficiencies was by consuming a whey protein concentrate from grass-fed New Zealand cows. Many patients would experience improvement in their dry eye symptomology after their Vitamin D3, Omega 3 and B12 deficiencies resolved. However a certain percentage of patients with continuous dry eye issues seemed to improve once they started consuming a non denatured grass-fed whey protein concentrate. So the question is, was it just additional time that was needed to eliminate the other deficiencies or is the addition of a good whey protein concentrate from grass-fed cows really a benefit to dry eye sufferers? Whey protein concentrate is one of the best ways to stimulate the master antioxidant called glutathione in our body. Glutathione declines as we age and dry eye increases as we age. Grass fed non denatured whey protein concentrate is also one of the best ways to detoxify the body and kick in the immune system. Whey protein concentrate is also high in a multifunctional protein called lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is a component in human tears that is deficient in the tears of many types of dry eye. http://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/content/t/dry_eye/c/38025/
I have been using different non denatured whey protein concentrates for my patients for many years and I have been fascinated with the benefits. However it is very difficult to find a cost-effective grass-fed whey protein concentrate from reliable source so I decided to develop Fortifeye Super Protein. This is a non denatured whey protein concentrate from grass-fed pasture raised New Zealand A2 cows. This new protein has an all natural organic flavor system that comes in  a rich and creamy chocolate and vanilla flavor. Fortifeye Super Protein is non GMO and free of pesticide, antibiotics, gluten, wheat, hormones and corn. This is from cows that graze on grass all year round giving a much better ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 versus a grain fed cow. I have also used only non genetically mutated A2 cows for this protein.

Using a non denatured whey protein concentrate to help dry eyes has not yet been proven in a clinical study and this is just what I have seen clinically in a very busy dry eye practice. There is a very large body of evidence that promotes the use of whey protein concentrates to promote overall wellness and support the immune system. So I highly recommend drinking a non denatured whey protein concentrate daily as a step in the right direction of anti aging.  I will plan on doing a pilot study to test my hypothesis on utilizing whey protein to help dry eyes in the near future.   read more on the science behind Fortifeye Super Protein : https://newzealandwheyproteinconcentrate.com


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Dr Michael Lange talks Natural Anti Aging

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Anti Aging Recipe by Dr Michael Lange

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Anti aging nutrient Astaxanthin is great for the eyes, Michael Lange OD, CNS

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A very popular nutrient called Astaxanthin is being advertised as the hottest nutrient for anti aging.  Michael Lange OD says this carotenoid called astaxanthin is also great for the eyes.  Astaxanthin can improve accommodative ability and decrease inflammation in the eyes.  Watch this video  with Michael Lange OD discussing the powers of Astaxanthin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQxAQf2_Iz0

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Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Meibomian Gland dysfunction Treatment by Michael Lange OD, CNS

Dr. Lange in front of Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida.

Dr. Lange in front of Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida.

 

The Natural treatment of Dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction can help tremendously.  I have seen in clinical practice for  over 20 years the benefits natural dry eye treatment may have without the use of any medications.  The goal is to eliminate the microbial flora that blocks the meibomian glands, cut inflammation in the glands and  unclog the meibomian glands so they secrete a healthy tear film.   This is a relatively simple process and works if the steps are followed.

1.  lid scrubs with a good lid hygiene foam like occusoft foam or cliradex,  If lids are quite inflamed and red and crusty the combination of both work quite well. Scrub lashes first with occusoft then rub the Cliradex onto lashes and lids before bed. This combination will rid the eyes of blepharitis. This gets rid of the microbes like staph bacteria and demodex that clogs the meibomian glands,

2.  Take a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil with a minimum of 1600 mg of combined EPA and DHA.  2 Fortifeye Super Omega gives you this ratio.  For really dry eyes I also recommend taking 6 mg of astaxanthin ( fortifeye focus) and  Black Currant Seed oil with 140-160 mg of GLA. GLA for dry eyes in the right combination  to omega 3 fish oil is beneficial. Astaxanthin is a super potent antioxidant and anti inflammatory and is my favorite single nutrient.

3.  Heating and massaging the lid margins is crucial to unclog the meibomian glands so the glands can secrete the crucial outer layer of tear film.  This needs to be done for 10-15 minutes 2 times a day.  The use of a warm wash cloth is an inexpensive way to do this but I have found that the Brueder Mask is the best way to continuously do this treatment.  This is a mask that u put in microwave for 20 seconds and then Velcro around your eyes for 10-15 minutes two times a day. While the mask is on the eyes gently massage the lid margins to help un clog the blocked glands.  This mask will also help cut inflammation around and under the eyes.

4.  a good unpreserved artificial tear  that has some hyluranic acid in it is the ultimate for the relief of dry eyes. I recommend either Oasis tears plus or Blink both of these have the ability to minimize dry eye symptomatology quite well. For the extreme dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction patients I like to use either oasis tears or blinks as well as adding a special lubricating eye drop called Retain MGD. This combination helps to replenish all layers of the tear film..

If you follow these four steps you will notice an immediate improvement in your dry eye however it will take up to four months of  faithfully following these directions to get significant improvements in this condition.  I recommend all readers of this blog  see their local optometrist or ophthalmologist if they have any problems with their eyes.  This blog is for educational purposes only.  If you are in the Florida area come by one of the nine Lange Eye Care locations.  www.langeeyecare.com , www.drmichaellange.com

Everything discussed in this article can be purchased at www.fortifeye.com or u can call 866 503 9746

Michael Lange OD, CNS  (Board Certified Optometric Physician and Certified Nutrition Specialist)

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