Novel At-Home Monitoring Device for Macular Degeneration
This is a product to detect changes in the retina that signal the development of "wet" macular degeneration (the kind you have to have injections for) and has been available since 2010. I, along with many of my colleagues had not been aware of this technology before a recent lecture. The device is called ForeseeHOME. This device tests you daily, at home (3 minutes per eye), to detect changes in your vision to alert you if you are starting to go from dry macular degeneration to wet macular degeneration.
What this means clinically is that it can detect when vessels are starting to form beneath your retina and getting ready to threaten the vision. With earlier detection, a patient can have an injection BEFORE their vision is severely compromised.
I will be mentioning this to all of my patients with significant dry macular degeneration because I think it's a great way to be proactive. Other ways you can be proactive about preventing macular degeneration are:
Eat leafy green vegetables and fruits - these deposit pigments in your retina that protect it from damage as well as provide antioxidants which clean up the retina.
DO NOT SMOKE - by far the most important preventative measure. If you smoked in the past, there's no turning back time, so don't worry about it now. Just try and be as diligent as you can about the other options.
Protect your eyes from the sun - make sure you have a pair of quality sunglasses that provide UVA/UVB and Broad Spectrum protection.
Here is the link to ForeseeHOME to learn more: https://www.foreseehome.com/about-the-program/
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