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 →

EYE HEALTHY RECIPE

BRAISED KALE SALAD · with Hard Cooked Eggs ·   INGREDIENTS 3 Cups Kale 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 5 Baby Carrots ( can substitute regular carrots) 5 Asparagus spears 2 tablespoons dried cherries ( can substitute dried cranberries or blueberries) ½ cup Red wine ½ cup Balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar (optional) S&P to taste (salt optional) 2 Hard Cooked Eggs… 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 →

Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin Across the Lifespan

The idea that a select few dietary nutrients could serve functions as varied as normal brain development, eye protection, skin protection, cardiovascular health, reaction time improvement, cognitive function enhancement, and age-related disease prevention at first seems preposterous. Indeed, any reasonable person approached with such a claim should be highly skeptical, and ask for the evidence. In the following [article], I… 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 →

A Recipe for Eye Health: BBQ Grilled Wild Salmon with Braised Kale

Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still ample time left to do some barbequing! You already know that when it comes to eye health, proper nutrition is imperative. Maintaining a balanced diet and consuming sufficient carotenoids (namely lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) can help to ensure that eye sight stays sharp and can even aid in warding off age-related… More →

Could Your Eye Vitamins be Making Macular Degeneration Worse?

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‘Could your eye vitamins be making macular degeneration worse?’ The alarming (yet intriguing) notion was recently discussed by Canadian optometrist, Richard Maharaj via his blog, Eyes on Eyes. In the article, Dr. Maharaj reviews some of the recent findings surrounding the important role of genetics in prescribing nutritional eye supplements. Maharaj refers to the recent scientific research of Dr. Carl Awh et… More →

Calcium Supplementation Linked to Higher Risk of Macular Degeneration in Older Population

A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has established a link between over consumption of calcium and a significantly increased risk of developing macular degeneration in the older population. Researchers from the University of California evaluated 3,191 people aged 40 and over who participated in a national health survey. The group consisted of 248 people who were previously diagnosed… More →