Helping Patients

Patient Care Significance

Retinal image of a patient with Stargardt macular dystrophy
Retinal image of a patient
with Stargardt macular
dystrophy.

Dr. Bernstein’s research has helped to establish the importance of lutein and zeaxanthin omega-3 fatty acids in the maintenance of macular health. He is currently the Moran Eye Center principal investigator for the National Eye Institute’s AREDS II study, a nationwide multi-center clinical trial to establish definitive recommendations for nutritional interventions against age-related macular degenerations. In addition, his work on the mechanisms of action of proteins associated with major inherited form of macular degeneration offers hope that further molecular interventions are possible.