Lutein for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
This study will examine whether taking the vitamin lutein changes lutein blood levels. Lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene may be useful in treating the eye disease age-related macular degeneration, but more information is needed to support this. Age-related macular degeneration can significantly impair the ability to read, drive, and carry out daily activities. It is the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 60. Lutein a carotenoid that occurs naturally in the retina (the back part of the eye), especially the macula-the part of the retina that is important for fine, detailed vision.
Men and women 60 years of age and older, with or without age-related macular degeneration, may be eligible for this study. Candidates will undergo the following tests:
- Medical history and physical examination.
- Eye examination-Includes evaluation of visual acuity, measurement of eye pressure, examination of the lens, retina, pupils and eye movements, and photographs of the eye.
- Visual field study-Examines the ability to see objects in the periphery. The subject looks at a target on a screen and indicates when lights that appear in other places on the screen are visible.
- Flicker photometry-The subject looks at a flashing light and turns a knob until the light stops flashing.
- Blood tests-To measure blood levels of lutein and other carotenoids, liver function, cholesterol and triglycerides.
Participants will be randomly assigned to take one of three dosages of lutein (2.5 milligrams, 5 milligrams or 10 milligrams) for 6 months and will be examined at follow-up visits scheduled 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after starting lutein. During these visits, many of the exams described above will be repeated to evaluate the effects of lutein treatment on the eye.
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Treatment|
|Official Title:||Dose Ranging Study of Lutein Supplementation in Persons Over Age 60|
|Study Start Date:||September 2000|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2003|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00006202
|United States, Maryland|
|National Eye Institute (NEI)|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|