assessing low macular pigment, is being used by Optometrics of Chatsworth’s eye doctors to take preventative care to a whole new level.
Low macular pigment is the key risk factor in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) as well as in other challenges to visual performance. The QuantifEye allows us to assess your risk factor and advise you about lifestyle changes you can make to increase macular pigment – all from the comfort of our family-oriented eye clinic. From Chatsworth and Los Angeles, CA, to Northridge and the surrounding San Fernando Valley, patients that once would have been forced to live with the challenges of AMD are now seeing a clearer path forward.
Macular pigment protects our visual cells from ultraviolet and blue light. By doing that, this protective layer guards against vision loss. By tracking the safest amount of blue light that any individual eye can absorb, the QuantifEye MPS II indicates each patient’s Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD). This translates into a "score" that allows Dr. Kathy Chriqui and the dedicated staff at Optometrics of Chatsworth to gauge your risk of developing AMD.
If your MPOD score is low, Dr. Chriqui may recommend that blue filters be put on your eyeglasses and that you take certain nutritional supplements. She may also suggest changes to your diet that can contribute to increased pigmentation.
Studies have shown an increase in macular pigment is associated with a range of benefits, including improved shape discrimination and color and light sensitivity as well as an enhanced ability for night driving. The research is so well documented that 13 major league baseball teams have increased the visual-processing speed of their players by having them take the nutritional supplements designed to increase macular pigment.
While the technology is advanced, the cost of the testing with the QuantifEye is extremely affordable. It will take only a few minutes of your time and less than $20 from your wallet. You don’t even need to make an appointment. Stop by our beautiful new facilities in Northridge at 19600 Plummer Rd., #300 during regular business hours and ask for an MPOD test. To establish a baseline and ensure the development of an eye-healthy lifestyle, Dr. Chriqui recommends that all patients 21 and older should be tested.