Maculogix are the manufacturers of the AdaptDX Pro – a fully automated dark adaptometer. This innovative piece of technology measures how quickly eyes can adjust from being in bright light to darkness and vice versa, and is an invaluable tool for the detection and diagnosis of macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is a common progressive eye disease most often seen in people over the age of 60. It is a leading cause of permanent vision loss and any sight that has been compromised will not be able to be restored. AMD occurs when the cells in a part of the retina called the macula degenerate, usually with age, but this degeneration is also likely to happen more quickly in patients with poor lifestyle choices, such as those who are overweight, who smoke and who have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
There are a range of symptoms associated with macular degeneration. These include:
- Reduction in central vision
- Distortion of straight lines in your central vision
- Trouble recognizing faces
- Difficulty reading, driving or watching tv
- Problems seeing in dark environments
- Generally blurred vision
One symptom is an increase in the amount of time it takes for the eyes of someone with the disease to adjust when walking from a bright environment into a dark one. This is known as dark adaptation and is something that is taken into account when diagnosing AMD.
AdaptDX Pro allows your eye doctor to perform darkness adjustment testing in a standard room rather than a darkroom. This is because the cups that are placed over the eyes form a perfectly light-proof seal, shutting out all traces of light and showing how well your eyes adjust to pitch black darkness.
Once the AdaptDX Pro headset is placed over your head and adjusted to fit you, and the eyecups have been altered to block out all light, you’ll be asked to look into the device and wait. Every time you see light, you’ll be asked to push down on a button that you will be holding in your hand. The technology within the headset attached to the cups tracks the way that your pupils react to light changes in real time, then provide this information as data, which your eye doctor can then use to decide if you should receive a diagnosis of macular degeneration. The test is simple, painless and takes just a few minutes.
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing some of the symptoms associated with macular degeneration and would like more information about the condition, or to talk to someone about Maculogix AdaptDx Pro testing, please get in touch with our office today.