Macular Pigment is the protective layer in the eye that guards the visual cells from UV (ultraviolet) and blue light, preventing vision loss. The QuantifEye MPS II works by tracking the safest amount of blue light that an eye can absorb, giving patients a "score" that indicates their MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) and allowing them to gauge their risk of developing AMD. If the MPOD score is low, a patient is then counseled as to the appropriate steps to take in order to increase pigmentation. These steps include discussion of nutrition, blue filters added on eyeglass lenses as well as supplementation.
Research has shown that increasing macular pigment provides other benefits such as better color and light sensitivity, shape discrimination, and improved night driving abilities. In fact, thirteen major league baseball teams have markedly increased visual processing speed after taking supplementation designed to increase macular pigment.
The actual testing is quick and affordable, only taking a few minutes with a cost of less than $20. Dr. Chriqui recommends that all patients over the age of 21 take the test at least once to establish a baseline and set a precedent for themselves of healthy habits. Optometrics of Chatsworth has always put an emphasis on preventative car, resulting in happy patients that have obtained the best quality of vision possible. No appointment is necessary to take the MPOD test. Simply stop into the office any time during business hours and request one.
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Additional information and links to research can be found on the ZeaVision website.