Peterborough Optometric is proud to announce a first in Canada! The industry leading optometric office located at 1090 Clonsilla Ave is now able to offer the AdaptDx® test that helps detect and monitor age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The test itself is simple and non-invasive, measuring the time it takes a patient’s vision to adjust from bright light to darkness, a process known as dark adaptation. With the AdaptDx, clinicians at Peterborough Optometric can diagnose AMD before any vision loss occurs—and put a plan in place to help preserve vision.
Dr. Joe Hoja, Dr. Saadiq Hooseinny and Dr. Wendy Ng of Peterborough Optometric recommend AdaptDx testing to patients over the age of 55—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, and/or cardiovascular disease.
“Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of adult blindness, and more than twice as common as glaucoma,” says Dr. Hoja. “It is a chronic disease that causes a part of your retina called the macula to slowly deteriorate as you get older and makes it difficult to recognize faces, read, watch TV, and drive.”
“Many of our patients over age 55 are having trouble seeing or driving at night—and this can be the first symptom of AMD,” adds Dr. Hoja. “With the AdaptDx, we can quickly and easily measure dark adaptation to detect AMD in its earliest stages, which is critical to delaying significant vision loss.”
“We are very excited to be the first practice in Canada to offer this state-of-the-art technology to help identify AMD in its earliest stages and help our patients take action to preserve their vision. While there is not a cure for AMD yet, there are several lifestyle changes and supplements that have a proven track record of delaying the progression of the disease.”
Think you could be at risk? The AdaptDx test is incredibly simple to take. Nothing touches the patient’s eye, and the test does not require pupil dilation. While taking the test, the patient looks into the AdaptDx in a darkened room and presses a button every time they see a flashing light.
Tracy and Chrystal at Peterborough Optometric are experienced AdaptDx technicians with Peterborough Optometric
The amount of time it takes to complete the test provides the doctor with vital information regarding the patient’s retinal function. From there, the Dr’s and professional staff at the clinic help their patients begin the steps to maintain their vision.
ABOUT PETERBOROUGH OPTOMETRIC TEAM
Dr. Joe Hoja has lived and practiced Optometry in our community for more than 30 years and is the founder of Peterborough Optometric. The Practice now has three Optometrists (Dr. Hoja, Dr. Hooseinny and Dr. Ng), along with 17 Certified Optometric Assistants to serve the public.
The Peterborough Optometric team
With the largest eye care team in the city, Peterborough Optometric is uniquely positioned to offer exceptional patient care. Since Peterborough has one of the oldest populations in Canada, it is only natural for this new revolutionary technology to debut at the clinic.
The AdaptDx is the first and only diagnostic aid for the subclinical detection and management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of adult blindness. The AdaptDx enables eye care professionals to detect AMD several years before physical changes to the retina are visible and allows them to monitor disease progression.
This facilitates proactive treatment at each stage of this chronic disease to eliminate preventable blindness. Backed by more than 20 years of proven clinical research, the AdaptDx is an easy-to-use functional test that accurately measures dark adaptation, a key biomarker of AMD. The AdaptDx is made in the USA by MacuLogix, Inc. Visit MacuLogix.com for additional information.
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