In recent years, there has been an explosion in the vitamin and supplement industry across the world. Although this can be a good thing, it can also make it very difficult for consumers to know how to pick and choose the best eye supplements online for themselves or for their kids. There are so many different brands and companies that are making supplements, with so many different ingredients, that it is hard for the ordinary consumer to decipher what ingredients are real, and what is just "snake oil." I know this first-hand, because people visit our store all of the time taking eye vitamins that they purchased from somewhere else. Unfortunately, we often have to break the news to them that the ingredients they bought are just not proven to help with ocular health. Often times, their formulas contain unproven or harmful ingredients as well.
Unfortunately, the supplement industry in the U.S. is loosely regulated, and this leaves room for almost anyone to come up with their own formula without any real testing or scientific evidence behind their ingredients. We will talk about this more in a bit.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for the best eye vitamins and nutrition for your eyes, or for your children's eyes, how can you make sure that you are getting all of the right ingredients that you need? In this article, we will answer that question, and more. In fact, this advice can be used to judge all nutritional formulas, whether they are for your eyes, for a family member, or for a child.
1) First, in order to make sure you are getting the best products online, the safest bet is to choose a brand or formula that is formulated and certified by a board-certified doctor. This is important, because physicians generally have an edge over researchers and CEOs of companies when it comes to understanding the scientific data, reviewing clinical studies, and assessing the safety and quality of those ingredients when it comes to an individual and their health.
Also, keep in mind that, again, the vitamin industry is not tightly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration the way that prescription medications are. This means it is very easy for a non-physician to come up with a product or formula and sell it to the public, without much proof that it actually works.
Think about it this way: If you or your child had a serious eye problem, would you go up to a stranger or teenager on the street and ask him or her to examine, diagnose, and treat you? Of course not. In the same way, if you are going to put something into your body, you probably wouldn't want it to be created by a stranger or teenager who has never gone to medical school, trained in eye surgery, and treated tens of thousands of patients. Vitamins are good for your eyes when they contain the right ingredients in the right dosage, but can be harmful if they contain the wrong ingredients or the wrong dosage.
Also, be careful to make sure that whatever product you choose is formulated by a board-certified eye doctor and not just any regular doctor. That’s because I have sometimes seen other companies make their own formulation and then ask a primary care doctor to endorse it. Or some other type of doctor who doesn't specialize in the eyes. Only an eye care specialist has the background, knowledge and training to know what ingredients are best for eyesight and vision, and what dosages are appropriate for children and adults.
The moral of the story is: double check the company's website and packaging to make sure they have the seal of approval by a board-certified eye care specialist (ophthalmologist). If you are not sure, it is always good to email or call the company to ask.
2) Second, we recommend that you double-check that the product you’re buying for nutrition is trademarked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The company should be trademarked as well. This is important, because for a product to be trademarked, the company has to go through an extensive registration process with the USPTO. This is a good thing, because it weeds out and separates the legitimate companies from the bad ones.
If the product you are looking for has a trademark (™) or copyright ® beside it, that's usually a good sign that they are on a mission to create the best vitamins to improve eyesight for kids and adults.
Best Vitamins to Improve VisionDid you know that almost anyone these days can start a supplement company from anywhere in the country--even their basement? It's possible to buy generic pills from the internet, put your own label on the pills, and then market them and ship them all over the country to customers. This trick is called 'private labeling,' and is used as a money-making scheme for individuals who don't have the proper medical and scientific background to create an original, clinically backed formulation of their own.
Luckily, with the information in this article, you will be better armed to distinguish what is high quality and what is not. Make sure that whatever you use to nourish your vision or your child's vision is made from only the highest quality ingredients in laboratory-controlled conditions. You shouldn’t trust your body, especially your eyes, with anything else.
3) One final tip that can help you make the right purchase is to look for a formulation that is packaged in a bottle AND a box or a carton around it. That's because, while bottles are easy to duplicate—people can buy a bottle of generic pills and slap their own label on them—boxes or cartons aren’t so easy. They cost extra time and money to create, and are usually a sign of a genuine and sincere brand. Companies who care about you will put in the time and effort to package their product so that you are protected.
How can you make sure that your eyecare vitamins contain the right ingredients and are produced by a company that has your health and well-being in mind? How do you know they will actually work to protect and enhance your vision and help you get rid of eye strain? Here is a summary: First, make sure the brand you choose is formulated by a board-certified eye doctor.
Second, double-check that it has a trademark or copyright symbol next to the company name or the product name. That way, you can make sure that the product is from a legitimate source. And finally, look for a bottle that is packaged within a factory-made carton. If you follow these steps, you’ll be sure to get products that will benefit your health for years to come.