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Do your eyes like your diet?


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The ELVIS study - Effects of Lutein on VISion We are investigating the link between diet and eye health.

Would you like to take part in a research study to look into the effects of a health supplement (lutein) on vision? This would involve 4 visits over a period of 9 months, which must be in your own time (see below for further details).

Lutein is a naturally occurring compound found in certain fruits and vegetables. It is thought to protect the eye from age related diseases such as macular degeneration. The aim of the project is to measure the benefits of lutein for the health of the retina and to study how diet influences its absorption in the blood and its accumulation in the eye. This is a collaborative study between Manchester University and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Who can take part?

• Healthy men and women age 40-70

• Normal vision


Who can’t take part?

• Severe cataract or retinal disease

• Diabetes

• Regular consumption of lutein tablets

• Pregnancy



The intervention is a daily capsule containing the food supplement lutein. See here for more information about lutein: Harmless specialised vision tests will be used to measure lutein in the eye and to establish retinal health. Four visits to the university are required, which must be outside of your usual working hours. A blood sample will be taken at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Benefits: regular free eye examinations for the period of the trial. You will be reimbursed for your time (excluding initial screening visit).


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