Aims of this module

  The module will cover the theory behind the role of nutrition in the prevention and retardation of ocular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. The evidence for and against a positive role of nutritional supplementation and/or dietary modification will be discussed in relation to age-related macular disease and dry eye disease. Particular attention will be played to the effects of lutein and zeaxanthin supplementation, with exploration of the AREDS study results. Macular pigment measurement and its relationship to retinal disease progression will also be covered. The module will arm the student with practical clinical details that will enable them to discuss this complicated topic with their patients in a balanced and informed manner.


  Module content

1.   Oxidation, nutrition, and the eye

2.    Nutrition for AMD

3.    Lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin: macular pigment

4.    Measurement of macular pigment

5.    AREDS 1 and 2

6.    Cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and nutrition

7.    Nutrition for dry eye syndrome

8.    Herbs and the eye

9.    Vitamin, mineral, herb and drug interactions

10.  Patient and practitioner perspectives on nutrition for ocular disease