How Macular Pigment Works… Macular pigment is the eye’s internal defense against blue light and UV damage. Found in the fovea, or the center of the macula, macular pigment is comprised of two dietary carotenoids, zeaxanthin and lutein. Healthy pigment functions like “internal sunglasses”, screening photoreceptors from oxidation and potential harm.
The ZeaVision QuantifEYE tests the density of the macular protective pigment. Studies have shown that persons with less dense macular protective pigment are at a higher risk of developing Macular Degeneration. These findings are backed up by the ground-breaking 10 year AREDS study by the National Institute of Health demonstrate the importance of nutrition in the prevention of Macular Degeneration. The QuantifEYE allows our doctors to evaluate the density of your macular protective pigment, determine your relative risk for macular degeneration based upon this evaluation, and make recommendations to reduce this risk.
Healthy MPOD is important for three specific reasons:
- Low MPOD is a key risk factor for age-related eye health complications.
- Healthy MPOD blocks harmful blue light from reaching the visual cells in the back of the eye.
- MPOD is associated with visual performance benefits like glare, bright light, and night driving.
Dr. Maurillo is available one day a week (Thursdays) at Optivision in Cortland. Please call (607)753-7514 for an appointment or visit: Optivision.