Europe-wide research survey to develop a new instrument that measures the macular pigment optical density

Researchers at Universidad de Murcia and the Athens Eye Hospital are investigating how dietary modification or supplement intake may enhance the levels of retinal carotenoids that form the macular pigment and could prevent neovascular age related macular degeneration (AMD), the Western world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness.

To determine the effect of dietary interventions on the macular pigment density, regular follow-ups and MPOD measurements are essential. However, until today, the instruments available to measure MPOD are impractical for wide clinical use. Therefore, despite its potential importance, MPOD monitoring has not become part of the standard eye examination.

To solve this problem, the research team is developing a user-friendly, low-cost, compact and non-invasive instrument based on a new optical approach that can measure the MPOD faster, more accurately and more objectively compared to currently used techniques, and without requiring pupil dilation. This will make MPOD measurement easier and more accessible, allowing for earlier detection of low MPOD. Consequently, interventions may be prescribed earlier to delay the onset or slow the progression of associated conditions, such as AMD.

Now, the researchers are seeking input from ophthalmologists across Europe on their need for this instrument and their preference for its configuration. This will ensure that what is being developed can really address what ophthalmologists and their patients need.

Please follow the below link should you wish to contribute your opinion through a 5-minute survey: