Adult Age-Related Blindness
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease that causes a part of your retina, called the macula, to slowly deteriorate as you get older. The macula is responsible for your central vision, which allows you to do things like read, watch TV, recognize faces, and drive. Without early detection and management, a majority of AMD patients experience substantial, permanent vision loss before treatment begins. As a result, AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 50. Currently, there is no cure for AMD. However, progression of the disease can be slowed with early detection and proactive disease management, including lifestyle changes, protective eyewear, and nutritional supplements. Late-stage AMD can often be treated with injections
EyeOptics is proud to introduce the AdaptDx Pro, by Maculogix. This headset makes it easy to test for early signs of age-related macular degeneration. We are very excited to have this technology in our office as it provides a very patient-friendly test experience and helps us identify AMD in its earliest stages. While there isn’t a cure for AMD yet, awareness of its presence allows for treatment with lifestyle changes and supplements that have a proven track record of delaying the progression of the disease.
With the AdaptDx Pro headset, patients can be easily tested without the need for pupil dilation. The test is directed by Theia™, a built-in artificial intelligence technician, who provides gentle coaching instructions to the patient throughout the test. The headset is also outfitted with one-time use Comfort Guards™, a disposable hygienic cover for the eye cups to ensure a clean test environment for each patient.
EyeOptics recommends AMD testing to patients over age 50, particularly those who have trouble seeing or driving at night. Other than age, risk factors for AMD include a family history of the disease, Caucasian race, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or cardiovascular disease.
EyeOptics Optometry is committed to providing the best patient care using the best available technology. Schedule your next eye exam today!
Night Vision Problems; How to Diagnose AMD Early
“Doc, I’m having trouble seeing at night.” How often have you heard this phrase uttered by patients in your eye care practice? This is a statement that indicates your patient is on the road to visual problems caused by AMD.
Drs. Chuck Aldridge, Amanda Legge, and Timothy Earley all discuss how the AdaptDx dark adaptometer helps them to test the functioning of the macula in patients who are at risk for AMD in order to prevent serious vision issues down the road.
Learn more of how this device can benefit both your practice and patients: https://bit.ly/2E2AHbt