A 46-year-old member asked:
If a parent has age-related macular degeneration, can the children take lutein as a precaution?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bud Kurwa answered
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No one knows: Lutein is a strong anti oxidant that preferentially accumalates in the macula and protects against damage from uv light. It is being studied as we speak in a big study by the national eye institute. Until now there have been anecdotal stories that it may have protective value but no studies to prove its efficacy. There is no evidence that it is valuable in children of patients.
Answered on Apr 15, 2015
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