Dr. Shaw is excited to announce that East Avenue Vision Center is the ONLY practice in Buffalo to adopt the AdaptDx Pro™ test as part of our effort to detect and monitor age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The AdaptDx Pro is an innovative, wearable headset that offers a simple, non-invasive test to measure the time it takes a patient’s vision to adjust from bright light to darkness, a process known as dark adaptation. As one of the first signs of AMD, dark adaptation testing using the AdaptDx Pro, will provide Dr. Shaw the ability to diagnose AMD before vision loss occurs – and put a plan in place to help preserve vision.
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of adult blindness and is more than twice as common as glaucoma. It is a chronic disease that causes a part of your retina, called the macula, to slowly deteriorate as you get older making it difficult to recognize faces, read, watch TV, and drive. Many of our patients over age 50 have trouble seeing or driving at night – which can be the first symptom of AMD. With the AdaptDx Pro, we are able to quickly and easily measure dark adaptation to detect AMD in its earliest stages, which is critical to delaying vision loss. We are very excited to have this technology in our office as it provides a very patient-friendly test experience and helps us identify AMD in its earliest stages. While there isn’t a cure for AMD yet, there are lifestyle changes and supplements that have a proven track record of delaying the progression of the disease.
Dr. Shaw recommends AdaptDx Pro testing to patients over age 50, particularly those who have trouble seeing or driving at night. Other than age, risk factors for AMD include a family history of the disease, Caucasian race, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or cardiovascular disease.