FAQs about Viteyes
Are there any side effects?
Generally, Viteyes products are well received with very few side effects.
- The high dose of zinc can sometimes cause stomach upset which is usually alleviated if taken with food.
- The high dose of beta-carotene in some Viteyes products can rarely cause slight discolouration of the skin (this is temporary).
- The high dose of beta-carotene in some Viteyes products should not be taken by smokers.
Can Viteyes be taken with other medicines and vitamins?
Whilst generally well received, if you take a lot of medication it is always worth discussing with your doctor before starting any vitamin supplement.
No other supplements containing the same vitamins should be taken in conjunction with Viteyes products.
Is it safe to take large doses of vitamins?
During the National Eye Institute studies and in subsequent follow-ups there has been no statistically significant increase in any serious adverse condition.
Are Viteyes products suitable for vegetarians?
The Viteyes 2 Advanced in suitable for vegetarians/vegan and carries the Vegetarian Society ‘vegan approved’ mark.
The rest of the Viteyes range uses gelatin (bovine) capsules so is not suitable for vegetarians.
Are Viteyes products suitable for smokers?
The new Viteyes 2 products can be taken by smokers along with Eye Essentials.
Can I get Viteyes on an NHS prescription from my doctor?
Subject to local circumstances, all Viteyes products can be prescribed under the NHS on an FP10 prescription, so it would be worth discussing with your GP.
What are macular pigments?
Lutein and zeaxanthin are important, naturally occurring pigments at the back of the eye, known as macular pigments. They are yellow in colour and filter damaging high-energy blue wavelength light. They are also antioxidants and therefore protect against the damage caused by free radicals. Importantly, zeaxanthin is not found naturally in the body, but synthesised from our diet and utilised by the body, especially the eye.
Research conducted by the US National Eye Institute, North Chicago VA Medical Centre and other studies appears to demonstrate that carotenoids have an important role to play in visual performance and macular health.
It is worth noting that despite the various studies which claim the contrary, the EFSA has not approved any eye health claim for macular pigments.