Clinical evaluation of the MPS 9000 Macular Pigment Screener


Background/aims The MPS 9000 uses a psychophysical technique known as heterochromatic flicker photometry to measure macular pigment optical density (MPOD). Our aim was to determine the measurement variability (noise) of the MPS 9000. Methods Forty normally sighted participants who ranged in age from 18 to 50 years (25.4±8.2 years) were recruited from staff and students of Aston University (Birmingham, UK). Data were collected by two operators in two sessions separated by 1 week in order to assess test repeatability and reproducibility. Results The overall mean MPOD for the cohort was 0.35±0.14. There was no significant negative correlation between MPS 9000 MPOD readings and age (r=-0.192, p=0.236). Coefficients were 0.33 and 0.28 for repeatability, and 0.25 and 0.26 for reproducibility. There was no significant correlation between mean and difference MPOD values for any of the four pairs of results. Conclusions When MPOD is being monitored over time then any change less than 0.33 units should not be considered clinically significant as it is very likely to be due to measurement noise. The size of the coefficient appears to be positively correlated with MPOD.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry & Vision Science Research Group (OVSRG)
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in the British journal of ophthalmology. The definitive copyedited, typeset version Bartlett, H, Stainer, L, Singh, S, Eperjesi, F & Howells, O 2010, 'Clinical evaluation of the MPS 9000 Macular Pigment Screener', British journal of ophthalmology, vol 94, no. 6, pp. 753-756 is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent,adult,ophthalmological diagnostic techniques,female,humans,macula lutea,male,middle aged,photometry,psychophysics,reproducibility of results,rpetinal pigments,young adult,Ophthalmology,Sensory Systems,Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Publication ISSN: 1468-2079
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 07:02
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 12:35
Full Text Link: http://bjo.bmj. ... ontent/94/6/753
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Published Date: 2010-06
Authors: Bartlett, Hannah (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7531-6902)
Stainer, Louise
Singh, Sandip
Eperjesi, Frank (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4358-0095)
Howells, Olivia



Version: Accepted Version

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