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The Role of Macular Pigment in Patients With Age-related Macular Degeneration

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 29, 2007
Last Update Posted : May 3, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sebastian Wolf, University Hospital Inselspital, Berne

Brief Summary:
In the industrialised world age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause for legal blindness beyond the age of 50 years. Recent studies indicate that the amount and status of the macular pigment (MP) may play a central role in the development and progression of the disease. It has been demonstrated that the MP density can be increased by dietary supplementation. First results of MP density measurements with a modified confocal laser scanning ophthalmoscope show that this method allows to quantify the MP in a clinical setting. The aim of this study is to assess the peak MP density as well as the MP distribution in relation to the risk for ARMD. We will establish reference values for MP density distribution in a normal population and compare these to values obtained from patients with age related maculopathy in a cross-sectional study. For all MP density measurements we will use a modified scanning laser ophthalmoscope and dietary intake of macular pigment will be assessed using a Food Frequency Questionnaire. Clinical examinations will include ETDRS visual acuity, binocular ophthalmoscopy, colour fundus photography and autofluorescence imaging. The results of our study will help assess the relationship of macular pigment density and distribution with ARMD. Additionally, we will be able to identify patients with low MP density, and probably improve the early diagnosis of patients at high risk for developing ARMD. This will be the basis for dietary supplementation of lutein and/or zeaxanthin in patients with high risk for ARMD due to low macular pigment values.

Condition or disease
Age Related Maculopathy

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 480 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Role of Macular Pigment in Patients With Age-related Macular Degeneration
Study Start Date : October 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : April 30, 2018

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of development of late AMD [ Time Frame: End of study ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with early ARM

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age related maculopathy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • other macular diseases

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00494325

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Klinik und Poliklinik für Augenheilkunde, University Bern
Bern, Switzerland
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Inselspital, Berne
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Principal Investigator: Sebastian Wolf, MD University of Bern
Study Director: Sebastian Wolf, MD PhD University of Bern

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Responsible Party: Sebastian Wolf, Director, University Hospital Inselspital, Berne Identifier: NCT00494325     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KEK 73/05
SNF 3200 Bo-109962/1 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: SNF )
First Posted: June 29, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2018
Last Verified: May 2018
Keywords provided by Sebastian Wolf, University Hospital Inselspital, Berne:
age related maculopathy, macular pigment
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Macular Degeneration
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Eye Diseases