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Most people have a friend or a loved on who has suffered vision loss due to macular degeneration It is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, but treatments have been developed to slow down its onset and prevent further vision loss
QuantifEYE® MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density level)
The latest research emphasizes the importance of pigment density in the retina. This can now actually be measured and followed over time to assess if treatment can reduce the onset and progression of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in America.
This test is conducted as part of our comprehensive eye exam and measures the pigment level of the macula, the MPOD score. This measurement, along with other risk factors, helps the doctor determine if patients may be at risk for developing macular degeneration in the future. For patients who are at risk, the doctor may recommend a combination of vitamins to help reduce the risk for this disease. The impact of this treatment can then be monitored. Specific supplements that are guaranteed to increase your pigment density.
OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography)
The OCT is a computerized scanning laser that takes a non-invasive picture of the layers of the retina. It is able to produce a “virtual biopsy” of this critical structure. This device is often used to diagnose and monitor a variety of ocular diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
See this short video for more information on this amazing technology:
Eyeworks was the first office in New Hampshire to use the Cirrus OCT
Diabetes in your family or concerned about macular degeneration?
An evaluation of the retina is an important part of a comprehensive eye exam. In addition to a dilated exam, the Optomap® retinal exam allows doctors to take a state-of-the-art picture of each patient's retina (the back of the eye). This picture allows the doctor to evaluate the eye for ocular diseases, as well detect problems in the patient's overall health, such as hypertension or diabetes. Recently, the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston announced that it considers the Optomap to be the gold standard for evaluation of diabetic retinopathy.
To enable patient to see the youtube on optomap:
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