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How Remote AMD Monitoring Could Save Your Eyesight

Early detection is crucial when it comes to AMD, which is why new remote monitoring systems can save your eyes.

Vision gives life color, dimension, and vividness. Yet for those with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of blindness among people over age 50 worldwide, this precious sense is threatened.

“There are two types of AMD: wet and dry,” said Kester Nahen, PhD and CEO of Notal Vision, a diagnostic services company focused on helping patients manage eye health from home. There’s no treatment for dry AMD which, without proper monitoring, can progress to wet AMD which can then lead to permanent blindness.

“Unlike dry AMD, there are effective treatments for wet AMD,” Nahen said. “Studies have shown that these treatments are most effective when initiated early, before any symptoms are noticed and vision loss has occurred. Catching the conversion to wet AMD as early as possible is the key to maintaining good vision.”

Detecting wet AMD between doctor’s visits is crucial. The Amsler grid, a method developed in the 1940s, can help. But newer innovations, such as the ForeseeHome® AMD Monitoring Program — which is covered by Medicare and available via referral from an eye doctor — can be even more effective. Manufactured by Notal Vision, it includes a non-invasive, easy-to-use device that can be used at home daily.

“Technology like the ForeseeHome program supports a new way of delivering healthcare to seniors through a remote diagnostic clinic,” Nahen said. “Acting as an extension of your eye doctor’s office, a diagnostic clinic provides education, support, and continuous engagement for successful home monitoring.”

By leveraging new technology and practicing proactiveness, you can help preserve your vision for many years to come.

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