Other Disease Related Investigations

In an organ culture model, some evidence for protection of rat lenses against induction of cataractogenesis has been reported. There is good reason to believe that carotenoids in general may play a role in the protection of ocular tissues against the damaging effects of UV light and of reactive oxygen substances, whose exposure to light carries some analogy with the known functions of carote-noids in plant tissues. A possible protective role in the ciliary body and iris has been proposed, but not yet tested.

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