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How long does it take your eyes to adjust when you go from a light space to a dark room?

Dr. Matthew Francis, Dr. Robert Groves and the staff of the Merrimack MVC Eye Care office are excited to announce the adoption of the AdaptDx Pro™ test as part of their 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 clinicians at [Practice] the ability to diagnose AMD before vision loss occurs – and put a plan place to help preserve vision.

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of adult blindness. AMD 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 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.”

Dr. Matthew Francis

Dr. Francis 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.

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