We are committed to ensuring that we remain at the forefront of technological advances within the eyecare industry. One of the newest and most innovative services that we offer is known as BioPhotonic scanning which checks for the level of antioxidants in your body.
Antioxidants are essential for our health as they can protect our cells from free radicals – substances that damage or destroy cell membranes. By increasing something called carotenoids via changes to your diet, you can increase the level of antioxidants and protective cells in your body.
Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for the bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 600 types of carotenoids, with some more common than others. However, all of them can act as antioxidants for humans.
There are some foods that contain more carotenoids than others. Some of the foods with the highest carotenoid levels include:
- Bell peppers
You have probably heard of a condition called macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is very common, with as many as 11 million people in the U.S. experiencing some degree of it, and this number is expected to grow over the next decade. It doesn’t cause total blindness, but it can make everyday activities such as reading, watching tv, driving and recognizing faces difficult. The exact cause of macular degeneration is unknown, but studies have shown that the more antioxidants in your body, the lower your risk may be of developing this debilitating condition. You could also see a reduction in your risk of other diseases too – including dementia and diabetic retinopathy.
BioPhotonic Scanning is a form of cutting-edge testing that non-invasively measures carotenoid levels in living tissue with the purpose of determining the patient’s overall antioxidant levels. It is carried out with a patented BioPhotonic Scanner.
The scanner works by producing a narrow beam of blue light that is focused on your skin. When this blue light comes into contact with a carotenoid, the wavelength of the light changes from 473 nanometers to 510 nanometers, which triggers the color of the energy of the light to change from blue to green. Carotenoids are the only molecules in the body that can do this.
The number of green photons that are detected is directly proportional to the concentration of carotenoids in the skin, and these are counted in order to achieve an accurate Scanner Carotenoid Score or SCS for short. The higher your SCS, the lower your risk of macular degeneration and other diseases may be.
BioPhotonic scanning is completely painless and straightforward, and patients can go back to their usual activities immediately after. If you would like to discover more about BioPhotonic scanning, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our expert team, please call our office today.