Maria Makridaki

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PURPOSE We investigated the effect of daily supplementation with lutein (L) capsules on macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and visual acuity (VA) in patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-center investigation of the effects of L supplementation in early AMD was conducted.(More)
A rapid portable technique for estimating macular pigment optical density (MPOD) in large populations is described. The new instrument utilises a novel method for setting flicker thresholds which is undemanding for naïve and elderly observers and easily operated by a non-technical person. The method has good repeatability (r = 0.97) and the data are(More)
We report a series of experiments designed to ensure that Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) measurements obtained with a clinical instrument are not influenced by lens yellowing and ocular media optical density. These effects were determined in six subjects using seven Lee Colour Temperature Correcting filters to simulate changes in the transmittance(More)
A comparison of macular pigment optical density (MPOD) spatial profiles determined by an optical and a psychophysical technique is presented. We measured the right eyes of 19 healthy individuals, using fundus reflectometry at 0, 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 deg eccentricity; and heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP) at 0, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 deg, and a(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of lutein on systemic complement activation in elderly individuals. METHODS Seventy patients with signs of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were included in this study. All subjects were randomly assigned to receive a 10 mg daily dose of lutein or a placebo for a time period of 1(More)
PURPOSE To compare the macular pigment optical density (MPOD) of patients with unilateral wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with the MPOD of bilateral dry AMD patients and healthy elderly individuals. METHODS The MPOD of 34 patients with unilateral wet AMD was measured in their fellow eye that had the dry form of the disease (study group). The(More)
Lutein is selectively taken up by the primate retina and plays an important role as a filter for harmful blue light and as an antioxidant. Recent studies have shown that lutein has systemic anti-inflammatory properties. Dietary lutein has been associated with reduced circulating levels of inflammatory biomarkers such as CRP and sICAM. Whether lutein also(More)
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