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Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD)

Why should you have your MPOD measured?

Low macular pigment is a leading risk factor for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Macular pigment acts like, “internal sunglasses” to protect the photoreceptors from harmful blue light. A good analogy to macular pigment is sunscreen – it protects the skin from harmful rays, and macular pigment is made thicker or “restored” by replenishing the natural carotenoids, Zeaxanthin and Lutein. Supplementation with Lutein and Zeaxanthin can improve your MPOD score and reduce your risk for AMD. Dietary sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin include dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and greens.

 

Protect Against AMD

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) destroys central vision and is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 55, affecting millions of Americans each year. While there is currently no cure for AMD and its effects are irreversible, there are risks that can be mitigated in fighting the disease.

KEY RISK FACTORS

AMD Risk Factors Include:

Non-modifiable risk factors:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Light skin and eyes
  • Female gender

Modifiable risk factors:

  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Low macular pigment
  • High body mass index (BMI)