A new study reports that the density of your macular pigment can boost your ability to see distant objects in hazy conditions.
University of Georgia researchers simulated hazy conditions to test the distance of vision of people with differing levels of macular pigment density. The study was published last month in the journal of Optometry and Vision Science.
A clinical research study conducted by the Vision Sciences Laboratory team at the University of Georgia (UGA) measured the impact of high intake levels of dietary zeaxanthin on visual processing speed and reaction time. The young, healthy individuals who ingested 20 or more mgs of zeaxanthin daily, for four months, were taking the EyePromise product, vizual EDGE Pro. Findings revealed participants achieved an average increase of 10% in visual processing speed and reaction time!
Driving safety is important all year, but in honor of Safe Driving Month this June, a new survey reveals people begin to experience anxiety with driving at night even at young ages, with 40 percent of drivers reporting concerns before age 40. Night driving is not only a problem for the driver who feels unsafe but is also a pervasive issue because it has the potential to impact everyone on the road. Vision plays a key role with low-light conditions and glare limiting the ability to see at night and react quickly. The good news is research shows an effective solution to the problem lies right before our eyes.
Are you going to this year’s Vision Expo West? If so, stop by booth #25092! We’ll be featuring the new QuantifEye® MPS II macular pigment screener during this year’s conference in Las Vegas, Nevada to help raise awareness of the importance of measuring macular pigment to protect and support eye health and improve visual performance.
You can also take the MPOD challenge, win prizes, and contribute to a great cause.
As eye care professionals, we see the impact and consequences of poor nutrition upon the health of our patients daily. Conditions such as dry eye, diabetes, AMD, and poor visual performance often have a direct relationship to nutritional status. Unfortunately the typical western diet falls short of providing the proper amount of essential vitamins and nutrients required to maintain overall health and wellness.
The number of Americans visually impaired due to type 2 diabetes, or age-related macular degeneration is ever-growing. While genetic components can, and do, affect a person’s chances of developing either disease, diet as well as lifestyle, can alter the risk of developing a visual impairment. Researchers have found nutrition plays a key role in optimizing a person eye sight.
According to the Review of Optometry, more than seven million people across the United States, aged 40 and older, suffer from diabetic retinopathy. Another 11 million people in the US past the age of 40 suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), notes Macular Hope. Combined, they are the leading cause of blindness in adults.