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Macular Pigment

The retina is made up of several layers, with cells that detect and convert light into signals which are sent to the brain. Within the layers of the retina lies the macular pigment. Macular pigment is made from molecules that are absorbed from the food we eat. These yellow-colored molecules (called Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-zeaxanthin) are stored to provide protection to the retina.

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A depleted macular pigment is a high risk factor for several diseases, including AMD. Macular pigment protects the retina both by filtering High Energy Visible (blue) light before it reaches the delicate cells underneath, and by working as an antioxidant to reduce the damage caused by metabolic waste products. In addition, higher macular pigment levels positively affect vision performance, including contrast sensitivity (the ability to see fine detail), glare disability (how well you see under bright direct light) and photostress recovery (how quickly your sight recovers after a bright light is shone in the eye).

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Unfortunately, most people do not eat enough of the right kind of foods needed to maintain a robust macular pigment. Particularly for those with significant risk factors (such as family history of eye disease, smokers, obesity, blue eyes, high blood pressure), it is crucial to obtain these ingredients in the right amounts.

It is possible to restore the macular pigment using a targeted blend of ingredients taken regularly. Lumega-Z is a vision-specific medical food, designed specifically to restore and maintain a robust macular pigment. As a medical food, Lumega-Z must be administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional (unlike dietary supplements, medical foods cannot be bought over the counter). For more information on the FDA-regulated medical food category, visit

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If your eye doctor determines that your macular pigment needs to be restored, they will give you a Doctor Authorization Code (DAC) number, which you can use to order Lumega-Z by clicking here.

Lumega-Z is a micronized, lipid-based liquid taken once daily, by diluting with a little water or juice. It provides all three of the critical macular carotenoids – Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-zeaxanthin, as well as a full spectrum of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals combined to replenish, restore and maintain the macular pigment. Increasing macular pigment levels can result in a reduction in risk of AMD, as well as providing protection from high energy visible (blue) light, and increases in vision performance.