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Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) Tester
Beginning on Thursday, November 3rd, our practice will be adding a Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) tester from ZeaVision. This new technology will allow us to measure the amount of pigment level in the eyes. The thickness or the density of the macular pigment varies from person to person. The density can also change over time depending on several factors such as aging, lifestyle and dietary choices. Do you know your pigment level? If your pigment is low, you are at an increased risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARM). A healthy macular pigment is essential for your vision because it helps to absorb harmful blue light, protecting photo-receptors from damage. A dense macular pigment is important to keep your vision as crisp as possible. The good news is that your macular pigment can be increased with the right diet and supplements.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the number one leading cause of blindness in adults. Early detection and careful monitoring of your vision are the best methods to prevent vision changes from macular degeneration. Getting your vision checked on an annual basis will help prevent ARM and the vision problem may be easier to treat. The MPOD tester has been proven to be the most reliable and accurate device for measuring pigment ocular density. Patients can stop by anytime on November 3rd to have their pigment level checked for free. After this date, the tester will still be free; however, an appointment will be necessary. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, call our Technical Director, Paige, at 615-771-7555.