October 18, 2010
Beta Carotene And Retinitis Pigmentosa
Oct. 18 AAO-MEACO 2010 Joint Meeting scientific program
Today's Scientific Program of the 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - Middle East-Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Joint Meeting includes a report on beta carotene's ability to improve vision in people with certain incurable retinal diseases. The AAO-MEACO meeting"“the world's largest, most comprehensive ophthalmic education conference"“is in session October 16 through 19 at McCormick Place, Chicago.
"We recommend repeating the study with patients with the genetic forms of RP that would be most likely to respond to oral beta carotene," said Dr. Rotensteich. "We know its positive effect is associated with retinoid cycle defect, which is involved in some but not all forms of RP. Also, future research should look for the optimal beta carotene dosage," he added.
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