Lutien has been found to play a role in eye care and helping to prevent eye disease.
In a presentation given at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting in October 2000, Lutien was shown to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration by helping maintain the macular pigment density in the eye. The presentation, given by Steven G. Pratt, M.D. and RObert Abel Jr., M.D., showed how antioxidants reduced the risks associated with age-related macular degeneration and that the antioxidant properties of carotenoids appear to play a role in maintaining eye health.
With Lutein concentrated in the retina and lense of the eye, this antioxidant can help the body maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye. The National Eye Institute has in the past indicated that the association between lutein and eye health are largely speculative and should be viewed with caution. However, Pratt and Abel indicate there is a correlation between Lutein and the prevention of eye disease.
All antioxidants, including Lutein, are being closely studied to determine their effectiveness in treating the eye disease dry macular degeneration.