The relationship between macular pigment and visual performance

Loughman, James and Akkali, Mukunda and Beatty, Stephen and Scanlon, Grainne and Davison, Peter A. and Nolan, John M (2010) The relationship between macular pigment and visual performance. The relationship between macular pigment and visual performance, 50. pp. 1249-1256.

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This study was designed to assess whether macular pigment optical density (MPOD) is associated with visual performance. One hundred and forty-two young healthy subjects were recruited. Macular pigment optical density and visual performance were assessed by psychophysical tests including best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), mesopic and photopic contrast sensitivity, glare sensitivity, photostress recovery time (PRT). Measures of central visual function, including BCVA and contrast sensitivity, were positively associated with MPOD (p < 0.05, for all). Photostress recovery and glare sensitivity were unrelated to MPOD (p > 0.05). A longitudinal, placebo-controlled and randomized supplementation trial will be required to ascertain whether augmentation of MPOD can influence visual performance. 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Departments or Groups: Macular Pigment Research Group
Divisions: School of Health Sciences
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2010 10:47
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:26

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