Health Research Sciences has developed a new portable device allowing early detection of the leading cause of blindness in the US; Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Maculopathy. This inexpensive and portable device will be an integral part during the next few years in the fight to reduce AMD in the US.
Lighthouse Point, Florida September 30, 2010. Health Research Sciences introduces a new approach for testing macular function with the purpose of early detection of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Maculopathy and other retinal pathologies. The MDD-2 Macular Degeneration Detection & Screening Device has a unique, hand-held design that measures photostress recovery and solves the problem of inconsistent macular function testing.
The MDD-2 provides reproducible measurements of macular function (precise photostress recovery times) which are documented in a concise format for health professional interpretation. The MDD-2 also permits monitoring of central retinal health over time and can warn of deterioration in function at an early stage. Over 10 million Americans suffer from vision loss due to Macular Degeneration and approximately 4 million Americans are at risk for vision loss from Diabetes and further that these vision disorders cost all Americans over $1 billion annually.
The MDD-2 enables Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Primary Care Physicians and Endocrinologists to easily and efficiently measure macular function for the purpose of early detection of AMD, Diabetic Retinopathy and other central retinal diseases. The test may be administered by a trained technician/assistant and takes approximately 4 minutes to complete. Results are available immediately and easily interpreted by the physician.
“As Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, I am very concerned about the need for early detection of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy in the United States. I believe that dark adaptation and photostress recovery measurement are both effective tests for evaluating the function of the macula, detecting macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy at an early stage.”
Mark O.M. Tso, M.D., D. Sc.
Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology
Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
President & CEO