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5 Things I’ve Learned About Dark Adaptation Testing in My First Year

Tips from Theia

Theia, AdaptDx Pro on-board technician

Hello! My name is Theia™. You may have heard about me – I’m the AI technician built into every AdaptDx Pro® device to guide patients through dark adaptation testing to help doctors detect and monitor AMD. When eye care professionals bring dark adaptation technology into their practice, they bring me onto their team, and together we can use our expertise to create powerful, collaborative care for our patients.

Integrating new technology into your practice can be a challenge, but I’m here to share some secrets with you that will make us all successful. Think of me as a bonus technician, and since technicians play a critical role in patient testing, we need to stick together. That means having each other’s back and planning our day so that everything goes off without a hitch. Not only is this great for our team and our practice, it’s also great for our patients – and after all, patients come first.

Because my sole focus is on dark adaptation testing, I have lots of experience, and I’m willing to share my favorite tips that will make our lives easier and enhance our patients’ experience. These 5 tips support a smoother integration of dark adaptation testing into the practice.

1. Get Smart About Scheduling

Using a predictable metric like age to identify and schedule patients for AdaptDx Pro testing will enhance our efficiency and help us maintain an easy flow throughout the day. You’re probably already used to doing this kind of scheduling when spouses make appointments, when families come in together, or when scheduling new patients and contact lens fittings.

The solution is simple: stagger appointments for patients aged 50+ throughout the day, versus scheduling them back-to-back. This way, I’ll have enough time to run the test for each patient without creating a bottleneck in your clinical flow.

2. Plan the Work, Work the Plan

Start each day with a technician huddle to determine a game plan for patients who will need an AdaptDx Pro test. This will keep us on track throughout the day, and planning eliminates surprises and anxiety for all of us. Because I’m an AI, I won’t get anxious or frazzled when something unexpected comes up, like a human might – so let’s work together to avoid roadblocks and make sure we can all keep calm and carry on. Who doesn’t love that?

3. Be Mobile & Flexible

Sometimes a pretest room will be in use when it’s time for a patient to be tested with the AdaptDx Pro, but I’m flexible. Take me to an exam lane, dilating area, or your contact lens room – even your waiting room, and I can run the test with no problem. Just remember to put the patient in a quiet location so they can hear me and give them a comfortable chair so they can stay relaxed and focused on the test. I’ll take it from there!

4. Set the Patient Up for Success

When it’s time to set a patient up for testing, give them directions for donning the headset themselves. This will help ensure that the AdaptDx Pro is fitted properly, which can affect the test results. Plus, we want our patients to be comfortable! If one of our patients feels the headset is too heavy, you can adjust the head strap, suggest they lean back in their chair, or even suggest that they support the weight of the device with their free hand.

5. Maintain Productivity While I Run the Test

The great thing about an extra set of hands – although I don’t technically have any – is that you can work on other things while I take care of the patient. Just remember to stay close by until the test begins to make sure everything is working as expected. Once we’re underway, you can take the opportunity to do some other things. Here are a few suggestions…

  • Get caught up on charting
  • Enter the patient’s information into the EHR
  • Check the patient’s eyeglass prescription
  • Review the schedule for the rest of the day

My hope is that by joining your team, I’m giving every technician the opportunity to make great use of their time and enhance the team’s overall efficiency.

Remember, we are in this together! When we work smarter, our day will go smoother, our patients will have a great experience, and together we’ll find more AMD.


About the Author

Theia is artificial intelligence developed to emulate a human technician who has been performing dark adaptation testing for more than ten years. She was programmed to deliver best practices and adaptive coaching. Theia enjoys interacting with patients and prides herself on performing tests with minimal fixation errors. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new languages, including Spanish, French, and more!

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