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 →

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 →

Causes, Treatments & Vision Rehabilitation: Lylas Mogk, M.D. Talks Macular Degeneration

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in the U. S. and in the entire western world. The macula is the tiny center of the retina that gives us our precise, detailed vision. AMD causes the macula to gradually thin and lose its ability to see, which creates a small blind spot in the center of vision. There are… More →

Be My Eyes App Helps Blind People ‘See’

Have you or a loved one ever struggled with reading the small print on a medication label or even distinguishing between a navy sweater and a black one? A new app called Be My Eyes is aiming to help the blind and visually impaired ‘see’ by connecting them with sighted strangers (helpers) who have also downloaded the app. The way… More →

A Recipe for Eye Health: Sweet Orange & Red Pepper Soup

Fresh Whole Red And Orange Bell Peppers

Bell peppers, who knew they were so darn good for us? Lutein and Zeaxanthin are naturally occurring pigments in many vegetables, and are also an integral component of Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD). The layer of the macula that is the outermost shield, and first line of defense from environmental and oxidative stress is comprised of pigments Lutein, Zeaxanthin (and… More →

Sugar, Inflammation and Macular Degeneration

“You have Macular Degeneration.” It’s the terrifying four word phrase that millions of Americans have already heard and millions of others will hear during their lifetimes. Today, AMD blinds more Americans than cataracts and glaucoma combined. So why is this blinding disease so prevalent in today’s society? Modern research has found that internal inflammation, which is exacerbated by certain foods,… More →

Age-related Macular Degeneration Linked to Calcium Deposits in the Eye

New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that small lumps of calcium phosphate may be an important risk factor for age-related macular degeneration. The article appeared in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and stated that this study marks the first time these tiny mineral deposits have ever been… More →

Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Macular Degeneration Progression Rate in the Other

A new study has determined that the level of age-related macular degeneration in one eye is strongly associated with the risk of developing the disease and its progression rate in the other eye. A research team from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, gathered and analyzed data from over 4,000 subjects. The results of the study… More →

Is Alzheimer’s Disease Related to Macular Pigment Levels?

The Journal of Alzeheimer’s Disease recently published a study that investigated the incidence of macular disease among subjects with moderate alzheimer’s disease. The July 2014 study looked to determine whether there is a significant the correlation between low macular pigment levels and the neurological condition. The study was comprised of 36 patients with early alzheimer’s disease and 33 control subjects… More →