Principal Investigator: Paul Bernstein
Keywords: macular pigments , nutrition Department: Ophthalmology-Services
IRB Number: 00080132
Specialty: Ophthalmology
Sub Specialties: Retinal Diseases
Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Contact Information

Kelliann  Farnsworth
kelliann.farnsworth@hsc.utah.edu
(801) 585-7975

Simple Summary

The purpose of this study is to understand the role of nutrition and its effects on the eye and other tissues. We will study this by validating and correlating various non-invasive measurement methods of carotenoid concentrations in the human eye and skin tissue.A secondary objective is to correlate blood levels of carotenoids on a sub-set of participants.

Inclusion Criteria

Any patient age 7 or older, undergoing routine dilated ophthalmology examinations at the Moran Eye Center will be eligible to participate.

Patients with adult vitelliform dystrophy.  (This condition initially presents in adulthood as bilateral subtle and often asymptomatic macular lesions, which are often misdiagnosed as early age-related macular degeneration (AMD)).

Exclusion Criteria

Patients under age 7 will not be eligible to participate.

Participant Reimbursement

None