Macular Pigment Testing at eye2eye

Eye2Eye is proud to be one of the first eye care providers in the area to offer macular pigment testing for our patients. Macular pigment testing helps to establish a baseline to help determine risk and manage the potential for macular degeneration. One question our doctors at eye2eye receive all the time is: What can I do to prevent macular degeneration? Our patients have seen firsthand the debilitating effects of this disease in family members or friends, and want to do everything they can to prevent the disease for themselves and their families.

Scientists have been hard at work researching the macula area of the eye to greater develop their knowledge of how the macula works and how macular degeneration progresses.

Technology is now available to screen patients for the amount of pigment each person has in his or her eye. Measuring the amount of pigment in the eye allows the doctor and the patient to establish a baseline and develop a strategy to help maintain vision and health, before changes start to appear clinically.

The pigment amounts can accurately and consistently be tracked so patients can see first hand if their pigment is changing. The equipment used to test for macular pigment is called a densitometer. It works by simply showing the patient a series of mildly flashing lights in their central and peripheral visual areas. Measurements are taken while the test occurs and by comparing the two measurements, it can determined how much light is absorbed by the macular pigment and therefore how much macular pigment a patient has. The underlying principal is called heterochromatic flicker photometry.

We encourage our patients to view some of the published research articles about macula pigment, past vitamin therapies that are no longer deemed effective, and current data that supports which vitamin supplements work best.

Stay tune to our blog as well will continue to cover important information regarding macular degeneration prevention and testing, including blue light protection and vitamin therapies.

If you are interested in being test for macular pigmentation, please make an appointment to see us.