Night Vision Problems; Diagnose AMD at its Earliest Stage!
Chuck Aldridge, OD
Amanda Legge, OD
Timothy Earley, OD
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 issue years down the road.
Dr. Aldridge: There are these patients that we’re seeing for all these years; they said I have trouble driving at night, for example, and you look in the back of the eye and you don’t see anything. You relook in the back of the eye and you don’t see anything and their 20/20 vision so you say, “I don’t know why you have trouble driving at night or trouble with this night vision thing.” But now we know why. It’s the fact that they are on that road to macular degeneration.
Dr. Legge: The AdaptDx is giving us information about things that we can’t see and predicting macular degeneration earlier than clinical signs show up in the macula, so it’s really, to me, standard of care with macular degeneration because I know that I can’t diagnose macular degeneration as accurately as this instrument can.
Why implement AdaptDx into your eye care practice?
Dr. Earley: We chose, as a practice, to bring in AdaptDx because there simply is nothing else out there in the market that will allow us to test the functioning of the retina – of the macula in patients who are at risk or who are suffering from night vision problems.
Dr. Legge: Once patients have a delayed dark adaptation, I diagnose them with macular degeneration regardless of what their retina actually looks like.
Dr. Earley: If we detect it now and are able to get you on a supplement to, you know, improve the health of your macula, we can prevent some serious vision concerns down the road; years down the road, decades down the road. So I feel like I sleep better at night knowing that we can do something proactive to prevent a potentially blinding disease.