Iris color and macular pigment optical density.

  title={Iris color and macular pigment optical density.},
  author={Billy R Hammond and Kenneth Fuld and Donald Snodderly},
  journal={Experimental eye research},
  volume={62 3},
The present study was designed to assess the relationship between iris color and macular pigment optical density. Both melanin and carotenoids (responsible for iris color and macular pigment composition, respectively) appear to protect the retina through similar mechanisms and higher concentrations may reduce the incidence of retinal degenerations. To evaluate this relationship, 95 subjects were examined and the following variables were measured: iris color; macular pigment optical density (MP… CONTINUE READING


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