RCSC has offered AREDS 2 vitamins at our office locations for a couple of reasons. First, we want to make it convenient for our patient to attain the correct vitamins per the NEI recommendation. Second, we use all the proceeds from vitamins sales to donate to charity. Our practice has consistently been one of the largest donors to the Foundation For Fighting Blindness and other charities in the state of Colorado. Our goal is to become the top donor. Selling vitamins is one of our means of fundraising.
The National Eye Institute (NEI) has recommended AREDS 2 vitamins for patients with moderate or severe AMD. Please read our previous article for further background information. Patients meeting criteria of moderate to severe AMD should take one AREDS 2 pill with breakfast and another AREDS 2 pill with dinner, along with a multivitamin once a day.
What’s new about the vitamins we sell? We now have 2 different types of AREDS vitamins. And we have negotiated the price of both to some of the lowest prices locally or online.
First, we have a new AREDS 2 formula with multivitamin mixed in.
All you have to do is take one with breakfast and one with dinner. You don’t have to take an additional multivitamin. The new pill also has a vegetable-based gel coating, making it easier to swallow. Because of the inclusion of a multivitamin in addition to the AREDS 2 formula, the pill is a bit larger than a typical AREDS 2 pill. We have tried the pill ourselves and found the pill is easy to swallow despite the larger size. We feel that this new formula is an improvement over our previous offering. More good news, we are happy to announce that the price has been reduced. A 3 month supply is now $39.95, plus tax.
If you have difficulty swallowing pills, we do now offer a chewable AREDS 2 vitamin.
This vitamin contains only the AREDS 2 formula. You would take one at breakfast and one at dinner. You also need to take a separate multivitamin of your choice. We have taste tested this vitamin. The initial taste has a berry flavor and is not bad. But there is a bit of a chalky after-taste. You definitely want to wash it down with a glass of water or juice. This chewable formula comes with a 3 month supply for $39.95, plus tax.
We expect to have both types of AREDS 2 vitamins available starting April 1, 2018 at both our Colorado Springs and Pueblo offices. They are available without a prescription. You don’t have to be a current patient and you don’t have to make an appointment. Just stop by at our front desk.