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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Participants sought for research that investigates link between diet and eye health

21 April 2017

Optometry researchers at the University of Manchester are seeking participants for research which examines the link between diet and eye health as we age.

The Vision Sciences Lab will study how the eye absorbs a naturally-occurring carotenoid called lutein in a new two year project funded by Kemin/DSM, an international nutrition company.

The study is recruiting volunteers aged 40-60 years old with normal vision and good general health who will take a daily capsule of lutein for nine months. The volunteers will undergo a general health examination at the start of the project, followed by four regular visits to the Optometry department at The University of Manchester to measure lutein concentration and other key indicators, along with specialised eye examinations. Participants will be reimbursed £15 per visit for their time (excluding initial screening visit).

Participants of this study will:

  • be aged 40-60;
  • have normal vision;
  • have good general health;
  • be able to travel to the Optometry department at The University of Manchester.

Participants will not be able to take part if they:

  • have severe cataract or retinal disease;
  • have diabetes;
  • take lutein tablets regularly;
  • are pregnant during the study.

If you would like to be contacted once volunteer recruitment opens please get in touch with the ELVIS team: Laura Patryas ( and Elena Rodrigo ( or call +44 (0)161 306 3878 by 26 May 2017.

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