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Worried about Macular Degeneration because someone in your family permanently lost their vision?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of adult vision loss in the US.  The risk factors for AMD are:

  • Age 50 and older
  • Family history of AMD
  • Being white and/or female
  • Smoker or past smoker
  • Being overweight
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol

You can control some risk factors such as smoking and your nutrition but not your age or race.  One of the first symptoms of AMD is poor or failing night vision.  

There is a revolutionary new test called The AdaptDx test which measures the number of minutes it takes your vision to adjust to darkness.  The test is painless and requires about 10 minutes.  The AdaptDx test is approved by the FDA and gives Dr. Kapoor information on your AMD status.  

What Is AdaptDx

Did you know AMD is more common than glacoma?

AdaptDx® delivers objective results with a non-invasive assessment that’s easy to administer. AdaptDx is not only much faster than older methods, but also more sensitive and specific.

The AdaptDx® can help detect AMD at its earliest stages and before visual acuity is impacted. AdaptDx has proven to be 90% sensitive and 90% specific for the presence of AMD.

Testing For AMD

AdaptDx Testing

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over age 60, and presents itself in two forms: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. Of the two, the “dry” form is far more common. Both affect the center region of the retina, the light-sensitive area in the back of the eye responsible for processing images we see.

According to recent studies, at least 25% of AMD is undiagnosed by primary eyecare professionals in a dilated fundus examination. By using the AdaptDx, they have more than doubled their diagnosis of AMD patients who otherwise might not have been identified until vision loss occurred.

AdaptDx automated dark adaptometer is the cornerstone, enabling eye care professionals to detect subclinical AMD and evaluate disease progression to help reduce preventable vision loss by up to 87%.

The AdaptDx Testing Procedure

The AdaptDx Testing Procedure

The AdaptDx is very similar in form and operation to the familiar visual field perimeters. A routine dark adaptation test with the AdaptDx takes as little as five minutes per eye. The testing is conducted in a darkened room and is completely non-invasive, with nothing touching the patient’s eye.

Measurement starts by exposing the test eye to a mild flash to pre-condition the retina to a standard photobleached state. The patient is then asked to focus on a fixation light and indicate with a hand-held response button when a stimulus light appears. Stimulus lights are presented at a fixed location using a pattern of generally decreasing intensities to determine visual sensitivity recovery.

Based on your results, Dr. Kapoor can recommend nutritional supplements, prescribe UVA and UVB sunglasses protection for outdoors and discuss lifestyle modifications.  

The AdaptDx test helps detect AMD in its earliest stages long before you ever notice any changes in your vision.  

Isn’t piece of mind and preserving your vision worth 10 minutes of your time?


Dr. Kapoor

Written by Dr. B. Kapoor

Dr. Kapoor received her degree in Biochemistry from Loyola University Chicago and completed her training at the Illinois College of Optometry.  Her clinical interests include cutting edge dry eye diagnostics and treatments, specialty multifocal contact lenses, allergic eye disease and myopia (nearsighted) control for kids. Dr. Kapoor strives to apply the newest in eye care technology whether it is contact lenses, eye drops, diagnostic or treatment technology to each patient’s individual needs.  Providing each patient with a customized solution for their unique eyes is a passion and life long learning commitment.

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