In Reply to: Melanim posted by Jeff on 02/09/03 at 12:55 PM:
I thought you meant Melamine, which is a thermosetting resin commonly used in electronics. However, a quick search on dopile.com yielded a link to this reference:
Reduces the risk of Macular Degeneration.
Melanin, the free radical scavenger, reduces the risks of macular degeneration. Melanin has been shown to be a powerful neutralizing agent for free radicals, molecules potentially harmful to the body. In the eye, it occurs in the retinal pigment epithelium - behind the retina - where its antioxidant properties reduce the risks of macular degeneration. People with more eye melanin have less occurrence of macular degeneration; people with less eye melanin have greater occurrence of macular degeneration.
I can only assume that this is a compound put into glass to filter harmful bandwidths of light.