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Lutein Supplementation Improves Visual Performance in Drivers


In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 1-year intervention study involving 120 Chinese drivers, supplementation with 20 mg/day lutein for a period of 12 months was found to be associated with a trend towards an increase in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity measured, significant increases in serum lutein, central macular pigment optical density (MPOD), contrast and glare sensitivity, especially in mesopic condition, and scores on the National Eye Institute 25-item Visual Functioning Questionnaire driving subscale. The authors conclude, "Lutein may benefit driving at night and other spatial discrimination tasks carried out under low illumination.

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