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 →

EYE HEALTHY RECIPE

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 →

EYE HEALTHY RECIPE

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

JAMES STRINGHAM

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 →

Experts Highlight the Benefits of Carotenoids on Ocular Health and Beyond

Dr. Michael Tolentino is an Orlando, Florida retina specialist and early inventor of anti-VEGF injectable medications. In the September 2015 Primary Eyecare Optometry News article, he reported that several patients with wet AMD in his practice given Macuhealth twice daily to delay or defer injections resulted in improved acuity and resolution of subretinal/intraretinal fluid on OCT. He stated in the… More →

Round-up from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015

Above: Downing College in Cambridge, UK (src: wikipedia.org)

Lloyd Snider, O.D. shares lecture topics and key takeaways from the Macular Carotenoids Conference held in Cambridge, UK July 8th-10, 2015. I’m just back and over my jet lag from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015, held at Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK. It was an amazing three-day event where the world’s best researchers gathered for a spirited discussion on… More →