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Curr Eye Res. 2016 Oct;41(10):1339-1345. Epub 2016 Feb 10.

Effect of Resveratrol-Based Nutritional Supplement on Choroidal Thickness: A Pilot Study.

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a Department of Ophthalmology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College , Huazhong University of Science and Technology , Wuhan , Hubei Province , China.
b Shiley Eye Institute , University of California , San Diego , USA.



The effect of an oral trans-resveratrol-based supplement (Longevinex®) on choroidal thickness, measured using optical coherence tomography (OCT) enhanced depth imaging, was investigated in a prospective study.


34 young, healthy participants were randomly divided into two age- and gender-matched groups. They were then assigned in a randomized fashion to treat with either a trans-resveratrol-based group (Longevinex®, Las Vegas) or placebo. All participants underwent ocular imaging with spectral domain (SD)-OCT (Spectralis; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg) at the baseline and then again 1 h following treatment. The choroidal thickness was measured in a masked fashion at the fovea and at four additional points, located at 500 μm and 1000 μm nasal to the fovea and 500 μm and 1000 μm temporal to the fovea.


In the resveratrol group, the foveal choroidal thickness at the baseline was 267.73 ± 84.19 μm (mean ± SD); it increased to 284.57 ± 92.39 μm 1 h after drug treatment (p = 0.033). The mean choroidal thickness was also significantly increased at each of the four extrafoveal points (all p < 0.05). In the control group, the mean baseline choroidal thickness at the fovea was 269.73 ± 71.40 μm (mean ± SD) and it was 268.43 ± 70.15 μm (mean ± SD) 1 h after the placebo was administered (p = 0.183); there were also no significant differences in choroidal thickness at the four additional points (all p > 0.05) Conclusion: A significant increase in choroidal thickness following oral administration of a trans-resveratrol-based supplement was observed. There was no change in choroidal thickness in the placebo-treated control group. We speculate that the increased choroidal thickness is the result of choroidal vessel vasodilation.


Choroidal blood flow; choroidal thickness; enhanced depth imaging; optical coherence tomography; trans-resveratrol

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