Macular degeneration is a growing concern for many individuals as they get older. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that can blur the sharp, central vision needed for everyday activities like reading and driving. This condition is common and is the leading cause for vision loss in people age 50 or older. Macular Pigment Ocular Density (MPOD) testing is one way you can assess your risk for macular degeneration.


MPOD is a measure of the density of macular pigment in the center of the retina. Decreased MPOD may be a leading risk factor in the development of macular degeneration. Macular pigment protects your eyes by absorbing damaging blue light from digital screens. When macular pigment density decreases, you may experience less clear vision perception, less contrast sensitivity, slower glare recovery after viewing bright lights and changes in light sensitivity. You can manage your macular pigment density by limiting screen time and taking frequent breaks from staring at monitors, televisions, smartphones or tablet screens. You can also manage your macular pigment density by wearing sunglasses outside and eating a healthy diet.