Nurse Currents: Lutein and Its Role in Infant Eye Health

Program Date: February 2011
Continuing Education Units: Nurse 1.0 Contact Hours

Course Description:

Carotenoids are organic compounds found in plants and some other photosynthetic organisms. Lutein is a carotenoid that is very important in the health of the human eye. This article identifies the sources of dietary lutein and the role it plays in eye health throughout the human lifespan.

Course Objectives:

  • Define lutein as an important carotenoid in eye health.
  • Recognize the neonatal period as a time of especial vulnerability for oxidative stress.
  • Identify lutein supplementation of formula as safe and effective.
  • Media Format(s): Print (English)

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Jacqueline Wessel, MEd, RD, CNSD, CSP, CLE

Registered Dietitian II, Regional Center for Newborn Intensive Care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Jacqueline Wessel is a registered dietitian specializing in neonatal nutrition. She works in the Regional Center for Newborn Intensive Care and High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She has been active in the Pediatric Section of ASPEN serving as pediatric chair and program planner for several of Clinical Congress Weeks. Jackie was instrumental in developing the ASPEN pre-conference nutrition workshop for pediatric clinicians. She has written several articles and book chapters on topics in neonatal nutrition, including Feeding Methodology and Short Gut Syndrome in 2 editions of the neonatal “red book” Nutritional Care for High Risk Newborns. Jackie was part of the multidisciplinary group that wrote the ASPEN Enteral Feeding Guidelines and was chair of the task force for the Guidelines for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients.


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