Technology for monitoring those at risk for the progression to Wet AMD
Those with age-related AMD are familiar with the Amsler Grid. The grid is a cheap and easy,
method of self monitoring for changes in vision related to the central vision. The grid is usually given to those patients with macular changes by their examining eye doctor. Traditionally, it is a piece of paper or card with the grid printed on it. The grid is held at 10 inches from the eye (the other eye is closed) and observe: are there any broken lines, missing squares, doubling of the lines, wavy lines? The appearance of the grid should be consistent from day to day.
Dry AMD can be a slow, progressive decline in vision. The
intent is to keep the patient alert to the status of their vision. It is very common for people to be unaware of changes to vision, especially for those with dry AMD.
There is another category of AMD referred to as ‘wet’ AMD. This is a much faster, progressing sight-threatening stage of AMD. About 10% to 15% of those with dry AMD will progress to wet AMD. If you have been identified by your eye care doctor as someone who is at risk for wet AMD, there is a technology designed to monitor and identify the onset of wet AMD sooner. The sooner, the better. The sooner treatment has begun, the more sight can be saved.
The devise is called ForeseeHome by Notal Vision. It is a table top monitoring device to be
used daily . The test takes about 3 minutes per eye. The test results are sent to Notal Vision. If changes are detected, Notal Vision notifies you eye care doctor. The plan is for your doctor’s office to call to make an appointment for you to see the doctor. In this way you can receive prompt treatment to preserve your vision.
How to get hooked up with this system:
First, you must be identified by your doctor as being at risk for developing wet AMD. It is also the first step to getting help through insurance to get coverage for the system.
Follow this link for doctors in your area who participate in this Notal Vision program: Find a Doctor
The set up is quite easy. You do not need a computer or even wifi. The Notal company has a phone number to help you get set up.
To see a video on how it works, follow this link: ForeseeHome video