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Dietary antioxidants and primary prevention of age related macular degeneration: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39350.500428.47 (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:755

A Timely Article

I read your article with great interest. This past week, a patient
came to me for
a second opinion. Her optometrist had urged her to undergo "ZeaVision
QuantifEYE" testing - for which she would have to pay an out of pocket
fee. The
"test" states it is "a measurement of Macula Pigment Optical Density
(MPOD)."
It goes on to say, " eye care professionals now have the ability to assess
risk for
AMD, take a proactive approach by providing a professionally formulated
supplement to help reduce the risk for developing this debilitating
disease."
The
company that sells the machine conveniently sells the dietary supplement
to the
providers, who then sell them at considerable cost to the patients who
show
"low macular pigment." Finally, they state, "With MPOD testing and
supplemental
intervention, it is possible to increase the pigment levels in your
macula, thus
lowering your risk for vision loss." (zeavision.com)
None of the "research" cited supports a benefit of treatment; not
surprising
given your findings. I have forwarded your study to the company and await
their
reply.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 November 2007
Jeffrey Sandler
Ophthalmologist
4699 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606