February is AMD Awareness Month

February is AMD Awareness Month We’ve created a campaign to help promote ocular health and drive patients to ask doctors about their risk for developing age-related macular degeneration. The attached photo can be uploaded to your practice website and social media pages, as well as printed and displayed in-office to increase patient awareness of AMD risk. Join us in the… More →

Dr. Alan Mendelsohn Details New Hope for Macular Degeneration

With great excitement, I entered the world of private practice ophthalmology in 1987, hoping to enhance vision and save eyesight, one patient at a time.  Frequently, I had a euphoric feeling upon improving someone’s eyesight dramatically with cataract and/or corneal transplant surgery. However, unfortunately, I came to the painful realization that I would also experience a dreaded feeling upon making… More →

Macular Pigment’s Role in Improving Vision in Young and Healthy Patients

Written by John Nolan, PhD Carotenoids are a group of more than 700 pigments, ubiquitous throughout nature and synthesized de novo mainly by photosynthetic organisms (plants and algae). Three carotenoids in particular — lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z) and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) — make up the macular pigment (MP). Located in a central and prereceptorial location at the macula, the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and… More →

Add this Eye Healthy Recipe to your Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Puree with Nutmeg & Cinnamon INGREDIENTS 2 Whole Butternut Squash 1 Can Pumpkin Puree 29 oz. 2 Sweet Potatoes 1 Tsp. Nutmeg 1 Tsp. Cinnamon 1 Tsp All-Spice 1 Tsp each S&P (salt optional) ½ Stick unsalted Butter (optional) 1 Sprig Thyme TECHNIQUE Peel the butternut squash, remove seeds and cut into ½ inch cubes- set aside.… More →


TILAPIA · with Rainbow Swiss Chard and Red Pepper Sauce · INGREDIENTS 2 tilapia filet 1 bunch rainbow swiss chard 1 clove garlic 1 red pepper 1 beet 1 bay leaf extra virgin olive oil S&P to taste (optional) italian parsley — flat leaf parsley TECHNIQUE Red Pepper Sauce: Chop 1 red bell pepper- medium sized dice Peel 1 small red beet,… More →


SPICY HOT SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS · with Fresh Corn Polenta, Warm Kale Salad, & Berry Sauce · INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup quality corn meal 1 ear corn 1 bay leaf 1/4 red bell pepper 1/4 orange bell pepper 1 clove garlic 2 links hot sausage 2 cups baby kale 2 tablespoon blackberry jam 1 tablespoon dried cherries 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar… More →

The Three Macular Carotenoids: Complementary Functions of Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin


Lutein and the two zeaxanthin isomers, RR-zeaxanthin (3R,3’R-zeaxanthin) and meso-zeaxanthin (3R,3’S-RS-zeaxanthin) are the only three carotenoids found in the eye, specifically in the macula of the retina (Bone et al. 1997). RR-zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin are both considered zeaxanthin; they differ only in the spatial orientation of the hydroxyl group on the C3’ chiral position (Nolan et al. 2013 – see… More →