Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of permanent and severe vision loss for people over 60 years. It worsens over time and happens when the macula in your retina wears down. Your retina is a light-sensitive nerve tissue at the back of your eye. Age-related macular degeneration or AMD gets its name from how it affects people in old age.
The symptoms of AMD may not be noticeable early in the disease. Your specialist may not diagnose it until the condition affects both eyes or worsens. Fortunately, MacuLogix has developed AdaptDx Pro to help solve this problem. It gives patients with AMD an early diagnosis to stop the progression of the disease.
AdaptDx Pro is a high-tech automated dark adaptometer that diagnoses AMD during its earliest stages. As a result, patients benefit from proactively treating and monitoring the disease. It helps in vision preservation and slowing its progression. It combines convenience, comfort, and dark adaptation testing.
Dark adaptation is the adjusting ability of the eyes from light to darkness. Studies show that this ability gets suppressed and compromised in the earliest stages of AMD. Vision impairment increases when age-related macular degeneration progresses.
Studies show that basal linear and laminar cholesterol deposits accumulate on the retina in the early stages. These deposits block the absorption of nutrients in RPE cells. They degenerate and impair the function of the photoreceptor cells at the back of the eye. As a result, an individual develops dark adaptation difficulties or night vision problems, often showing as the first ADM sign. Ultimately, the cholesterol deposits accumulate and become more. They do so until the patient develops drusen that the eye doctor can identify.
Patients in the AMD subclinical stage usually have a retina that appears normal. But while the macula may appear healthy, their dark adaptation function gets impaired. The impairment occurs due to the invisible cholesterol deposit layers.
Untreated AMD later progresses, and the patient can begin experiencing symptoms such as blurry vision, blindness, and empty or dark spots in the central vision. You may also see straight lines appearing wavy or find it hard to recognize the faces of people you know.
AdaptDx Pro has an onboarding technician called Theia, directed by artificial intelligence. Theia helps with coaching patients through the entire test. The guidance is real-time and adapts patients to help give reliable and consistent results.
AdaptDx Pro leverages dark adaptation testing. It does so to detect AMD earlier by three years before drusen visibility. The automated dark adaptometer measures the speed of dark adaptation. It helps monitor and catch age-related macular degeneration progression.
Below are the benefits of AdaptDx Pro:
Consistent results due to the artificial intelligence used by the onboard technician
Highly accurate and easily interpretable results
Detect age-related macular degeneration early
More time to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration
Patients have more time to do activities they enjoy
It is efficient for practitioners and patients
Lightweight headset for easy movement and comfort for patients
There is no need for a dark room as the eye cups are light-sealing
The test can happen anywhere as the device is portable
For more about AdaptDx Pro by MacuLogix, visit Primary Vision Care at our offices in Newark, Lancaster, Mount Vernon, Wilmington, or Waynesville, Ohio. Call (740) 299-1155, (740) 654-9909, (740) 393-6010, (937) 382-4933, or (513) 897-2211 to book an appointment today.