Clinical evaluation of the MPS 9000 Macular Pigment Screener

Hannah Bartlett, Louise Stainer, Sandip Singh, Frank Eperjesi, Olivia Howells

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-756
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Bibliographical note

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:


  • adolescent
  • adult
  • ophthalmological diagnostic techniques
  • female
  • humans
  • macula lutea
  • male
  • middle aged
  • photometry
  • psychophysics
  • reproducibility of results
  • rpetinal pigments
  • young adult


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