Dr.Tuel advises this test annually for patients age 21 and up. Macular Pigment Density is a measure of the risk for developing macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Studies reveal that 78% of the U.S. population has low macular pigment density.
Risk factors include: Age over 40, family history of macular degeneration, smoker,
cardiovascular disease, light colored eyes, overweight, discomfort due to glare, and sensitivity
to bright light.