Lentz Eye Care & Associates now utilizes the next generation in macular pigment measurement – QuantifEye MPS II. The QuantifEye MPS II instrument is the most reliable and accurate device for measuring Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD). MPOD measurement allows the doctors at Lentz Eye Care & Associates to assess Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) risk factors, low MPOD, as well as other visual performance challenges
If the test indicates low macular pigment, it may be increased with dietary changes and supplementation. Our doctors can recommend EyePromise Supplements, which will increase your macular pigment to a healthier level to protect your vision.
What is MPOD?
Macular pigment is comprised of Zeaxanthin and Lutein, which are found in the center of the macula (fovea) at a natural 2:1 ration, with Zeaxanthin being the most prominent. MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) is important for three specific reasons:
1) Low macular pigment is a key risk factor for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of significant vision loss for individuals over 55 years old.
2) Macular pigment absorbs harmful blue light, protecting the photo-receptors from damage.
3) Macular pigment improves visual performance, including
• Visual acuity – ability to see clearly, especially in fine detail situations like needlepoint or reading in low light situations
• Contrast sensitivity – ability to discern objects from their background
• Light sensitivity – visual discomfort in sunlight or when exposed to bright light
• Glare recovery – recovery from temporary “blindness” caused by high intensity lighting, such as automobiles or stadium lights.