Dr. Michael Lange

CEO/ President

About Dr. Michael Lange

Dr. Michael Lange is a Florida-based optometrist with offices in Ocala, Gainesville, Inverness, The Villages, Tampa, Citrus Hills, Summerfield, and Clearwater. He is the owner of Lange Eye Care & Associates, and is also the founder and CEO of Fortifeye Vitamins, a nutritional supplement company. Committed to the overall health of his patients, Dr. Lange educates and advises them on proper nutrition, exercise, and self-care to ensure that their eye health and vision thrive. He is among just five optometrists nationwide who are certified as nutritional specialists by the American College of Nutrition. He takes his passion for educating patients beyond his office as the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show Ask the Dr. Dr. Michael Lange is also a philanthropist, and dedicates time and resources to helping out those in need.
When Dr. Michael Lange first opened his Florida practice as an optometrist in Ocala in 1993, he realized that many of the eye problems his patients faced were related to their overall health and nutrition. He began counseling them on exercise and diet, and quickly began seeing positive results. He then began suggesting supplements to help his patients further, but became frustrated with the low quality of the over-the-counter products that were then available. Dr. Lange founded Fortifeye Vitamins to counter the lack of good eye health supplements on the market, producing vitamins that were free of synthetic nutrients, dyes, and trans-fats, and that had the right therapeutic levels of ingredients to help improve ocular health. He also took his education further, and became an expert in ocular nutrition.
With a passion for health that goes above and beyond the ordinary, Dr. Michael Lange also puts much of his attention as an optometrist toward helping those who would otherwise be unable to afford his services. Every year he sets aside time to provide free eye exams and glasses to children in need in the Ocala and Gainesville areas. Additionally, he never turns patients away, regardless of their financial situation. Beyond helping his local community, Dr. Michael Lange belongs to the organization Vitamin Angels, which provides supplements to nutritionally deprived children across the globe.
learn more about Fortifeye Vitamins at www.fortifeye.com                            

By Dr. Michael Lange, Optometrist and Certified Nutrition Specialist

The two carotenoids found in the retina of the eye, lutein and zeaxanthin, play an important role in eye health. In recent years, scientists have discovered that increased amounts of these two nutrients help to reduce the risks of age-related macular degeneration and the formation of cataracts. Research shows that both lutein and zeaxanthin filter intense light rays, stopping them before they can harm the retina. Furthermore, they help neutralize free radical molecules in the eye, serving as antioxidants and keeping the eye's crystalline lens clear.

These nutrients occur naturally in corn, as well as in green, leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and collard greens. Cooking or juicing these greens releases the nutrients and helps to ensure the most lutein and zeaxanthin gain from them. Studies have shown that approximately 10 mg of lutein per day and 2 mg of zeaxanthin per day are sufficient to support vision health. Few Americans achieve this level of nutrition, so more people are turning to ocular vitamins to maintain healthy eyes.

About the author: An optometrist with a focus on nutrition, Dr. Michael Lange created a line of ocular health supplements called Fortifeye Vitamins. The Florida-based optometrist strongly encourages his patients to take a daily ocular vitamin. To learn more about Dr. Michael Lange's vitamins, please visit Fortifeye.com.

Nutritional Alternatives to Salty and Sweet Snacks

An optometrist and accredited nutrition expert, Dr. Michael Lange began the Fortifeye vitamin line in 2005. Dr. Michael Lange created the line after growing dissatisfied with the vitamins that were available to the public at the time. Michael Lange, OD, has also run his own optometry practice for twenty years.

Snacking often undermines even the most committed dieter, but that does not have to be the case. There are a number of nutritional snacks that not only can help with weight loss, but also will assist the body in overall improved physical health.

A person’s desire for a salty snack usually results in the person eating a bag of chips, but many other nutritional options exist. Healthier salt-satisfying snacks include hummus, olives, a cup of unshelled edamame, and pumpkin seeds.

Chocolate can prove more difficult to substitute, but there are alternative sweet snacks with nutritional value. Someone experiencing a craving for sweets can try dipping a few sticks of celery into peanut butter, or enjoying a small cup of M&M Minis mixed with low-fat granola.

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