Detection of low macular pigment levels, implicated in Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), is now possible with the Macular Pigment Optical Densitometer, or Mpod for short.
This test is quick and painless, and measures patient response to alternating flicker of LEDS at differing frequencies. Measurements record foveal sensitivity to flicker indicating the concentration of macular pigment. This is an indicator of patients level of risk to develop ARMD.
Should the test suggest low macular pigment, the Optometrist can now offer Viteyes Advanced Beta Carotene Free supplements direct from their practice. Viteyes contains the AREDS formula minus beta carotene as well as lutein and zeaxanthin. Viteyes is only available through Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, and cannot be purchased in supermarkets, pharmacies or health food shops.