Nutritional Status of the Eyes

                                             Skin Carotenoid Scanner Adds Rapid Insight into

                                         the Nutritional Status of Your Eyes and Body

                                                                       Mark W. Roark, OD, FAAO// Daniel J. Bollier, OD

                                                                         Allisonville Eye Care Center/Fishers Indiana

                                                                                              March 30, 2020


Allisonville Eye Care Center is pleased to announce the addition of new scanning technology that measures the antioxidant level of your eyes and body.

HOW DOES THE SCANNER WORK?

We can now perform a rapid and repeatable 30-second scan of your hand that measures the carotenoid levels in your skin with a safe blue laser. Carotenoids, special nutrients found only in the diet, are essential for eye and body health. Importantly, new studies confirm that your Skin Carotenoid Score (SCS) is strongly linked to the amount of Macular Pigment (MP) found in your eyes.

WHAT IS MACULAR PIGMENT (MP)?

MP is composed of only three carotenoids- lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin- that are excellent blue light filters and strong antioxidants. MP is essential for clear vision and to protect your macula, the tiny area in the center of your retina, from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)- the most common cause of vision loss in older adults. Research shows that the risk of AMD is over 80% less for those with the highest levels of MP compared to those with the lowest amounts!

HOW CAN I INCREASE MP?

MP should be enhanced as much as possible for everyone, but if you have a low SCS (<40,000) you are at greater risk. We recommend increasing your intake of foods that contain these healthy pigments, such as spinach, kale, and colored bell peppers. We also prescribe MacuHealth, a safe, daily softgel containing all three carotenoids and proven in multiple studies to enhance your pigment better than other supplements.

ARE THERE OTHER IMPLICATIONS OF A LOW SCS?

Your body may be constantly exposed to poor diet, stress, radiation, pollution, pesticides, etc., which elevate oxidative stress and lead to free radical formation. This may damage your DNA and heighten your risk of cancer and other diseases, so antioxidant protection is needed for your entire body- including your brain. Changes in lifestyle that incorporate a healthier diet along with daily MacuHealth, can increase your SCS and improve your long-term health.

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  • Prompt, professional, and friendly!

    - J.S.
  • Dr. Kelly Summers was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. I truly had a wonderful experience from the sweet office staff to the experienced physicians.

    - K.H.
  • Very, very thorough exam. Friendly and professional. Impressive array of sophisticated technology to examine my eyes. I felt very confident that I was receiving excellent care.

    - P.S.
  • I needed to find an eye doctor after I relocated to Central Indiana. I came across the Allisonville Eye Care Center and heard good things about this place. So I decided to set up an appointment and was very pleased with Dr. Roark and his staff! They were all so very helpful, and I was impressed with Dr. Roark! He's very personable, which I have not been used to in the past when it comes to eye doctors. I will definitely go back, and I highly recommend!

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  • Entire staff was very helpful! I had a very thorough eye exam with Dr. Summers! Hannah did a great job with all of my testing prior to the exam! She also helped me pick out some fabulous new eye glasses!

    - Anonymous
  • I am a long time patient of Dr. Roark, and always have appreciated his professionalism. I needed new glasses, and the staff was very helpful. My new glasses were ready in just a few days, and I am very satisfied with the results.

    - J.M
  • Top quality facility, professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff." -D.W."Friendly and easy going.

    - N.W.
  • Dr. Roark and his staff are fantastic! They are professional and very thorough!

    - J.R
  • They are very professional. Myself and my 9 month old both had exams there. They did a great job!

    - C.R.
  • Allisonville Eye Care Center was a great experience. The staff were all friendly, courteous and professional. They seemed eager to help and discuss issues and were not impatiently just running me through the test. Great job!

    - -T.B.

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Monday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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