Children’s eyes continue to be vulnerable as they grow and develop. They are particular sensitive to the harmful effects of the sun. Because their lenses are relatively transparent, children’s retinas can quickly accumulate lipofuscin, the yellow-brown fatty granules that are considered a risk factor for macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin isomers can be protective at this stage of life because higher macular pigment levels increase tolerance and comfort when exposed to bright light.1
Of course, children of all ages can benefit from lutein’s skin protection benefits as well as its potential link to cognitive function.
1 IOVS, Sept 2011, 42(10):7406-15