June 13, 2023
VAUGHAN, Ontario —Bausch + Lomb Corporation has 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, MD, 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
1 Chew EY, Clemons TE, Agrón E, et al. Long-term Outcomes of Adding Lutein/Zeaxanthin and ω-3 Fatty Acids to the AREDS Supplements on Age-Related Macular Degeneration Progression: AREDS2 Report 28. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2022;140(7):692–698. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2022.1640.
2 Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). National Eye Institute Website. Accessed May 25, 2023.
3 Our Eyes Matter: Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Prevent Blindness: Age-Related Macular Degeneration Fact Sheet
4 Learn About Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Website. Accessed May 25, 2023.
5 Mauschitz, Matthias M. MD, PhD; Finger, Robert P. MD, PhD. Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Cardiovascular Diseases: Revisiting the Common Soil Theory. Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology 11(2):p 94-99, March-April 2022.
6 Aaseth J, Alexander J, Alehagen U. Coenzyme Q10 supplementation – In ageing and disease. Mech Ageing Dev. 2021 Jul;197:1-7.
*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.