Common questions

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye. Because the disease develops as a person ages, it is often referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although macular degeneration is almost never a totally blinding condition, it can be a source of significant visual disability as it worsens.

Did you know? Your risk of developing AMD increases by 4 times if an immediate family member has been diagnosed. Risk factors can include heredity, light complexion/hair/eyes, aging process, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, sunlight exposure, lack of fruit/vegetables/vitamin D.

MACULA 2® ESSENTIALS AREDS 2 PLUS can prevent and delay the development and progression of AMD when combined with a healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables. For complete ocular health including management of dry eye syndrome, we also recommend the addition of MACULA 2® OMEGA-3 with DPA.

Dry eye disease (DED) is a rampant, chronic, often life-altering disorder which occurs when tears are not able to provide adequate lubrication for eyes. It can present as either watery eyes or dry eyes, which causes confusion with the name: “My eyes are watering all the time so I sure don’t have dry eye disease.” DED is progressive and causes dryness on the surface of your eyes. They may feel uncomfortable, sting or burn. Inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to eye inflammation, ulcers or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. And decreased quality of life. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon. Dry eye can be a temporary, periodic or chronic condition.

A multitude of reasons unfortunately: allergies, wind, smoking, air conditioning, meibomian gland dysfunction, infrequent blinking usually associated with staring at a screen, medication side effect, skin diseases on or around the eyelids, refractive, cataract or cosmetic surgery, thyroid disease/immune system disorders, contact lens long-term wear, pregnancy/hormone changes, tear gland inflammation, cancer treatments – and more.

No. While we are focused on eye health, the MACULA 2 products greatly benefit general health as well, which is why they are approved by Health Canada to help with both eyesight and overall health.
Yes! All our products, including our manufacturing sites, are approved through Health Canada.
Yes! We offer flat rate shipping to the USA for $10. All prices are in Canadian funds, making for very favorable cost benefit to US patients.
Our MACULA 2 supplements are formulated by us and made in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. We import other products from the USA and Finland.
They are available from 300+ eye doctors across Canada or directly from us. We only carry professional products not available in retail outlets.
No. MACULA 2 ESSENTIALS has also been approved through Health Canada as a daily multi-vitamin and the content of flaxseed oil makes up for many other vitamins and minerals. You may have to take other supplements for your personal health situation.
Yes! For the reasons indicated above. If your multi-vitamin is a hard capsule, you will also find the softgels much easier to digest. Some multi-vitamins contain so many ingredients that the amount is too little of each one, making them not affective. Fact: Undigested red capsules of the ‘leading brand’ of multi-vitamin advertised everywhere has been found in stomachs of people being autopsied. Yuck.
Wrong! Not all omega-3’s are the same. Many cheaper brands are made from farmed fish from who knows where and don’t contain enough of the important ingredients EPA, DHA and DPA.
We get asked this a lot! It’s impossible to have every critical ingredient in one softgel (you wouldn’t be able to swallow it!) so we have formulated very pure omega-3 on it’s own, to be used for dry eye, macular degeneration and that has many other benefits, for example, heart and brain health. MACULA 2 ESSENTIALS is formulated to match the findings of AREDS, plus other proven ingredients (see next question).
Yes it is, with documented improvements, such as less zinc. We’ve also added vitamin D3, flaxseed oil, selenium and double the lutein, all proven to be beneficial in AMD and overall eye health.
No, you can take them both at the same time. Keep in mind that all supplements are better absorbed with a meal, but they are also perfectly safe to take on an empty stomach, more than one at a time. Health Canada tells us what we have to put on our labels and you’re free to take them as you see fit, depending on how your body reacts and/or how your eye doctor prescribes.
No, they are fine in a cool, dark place. Beware of heat as it can damage the softgels causing them to break or dissolve.
We use Canpar Express (courier) or Canada Post and your order leaves our warehouse on the same or next business day after you place it. We hope it gets to you quickly, but we have no control over when your order arrives due to the increased volume and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
First of all, whatever eye drops you are using, please make sure they are preservative-free. Europe is further ahead in their development of many medical products. BioDrop MD from Finland, in our opinion, is one of the most advanced treatments available in North America. They are preservative-free in a multi-dose bottle and are made from all-natural ingredients.
Many doctors are tied to other big pharmaceutical companies, receiving incentives for carrying their products. This is a business practice the ProMed group of companies does not support.
While the instructions on the package say to heat at 240°F for 4 minutes, all ovens are different. You will have to experiment with yours to get the perfect temperature for your mask. Yes, you do heat it with the cover on as it holds the moisture in, which is great for your tired, achy eyes. Use as often as you like but of course follow your doctor’s instructions!
No. We are suppliers to eye doctors with a commitment to their clinics and patients. You can contact us at any time, but we will ask who your eye doc is!