Now there are 2 ways to monitor your vision at home
The Amsler Grid has long been the industry standard for home vision monitoring. While it is still a good way to keep a daily check on your vision, there is also a new way for Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) patients to monitor any at-home vision changes between eye exam appointments. ForseeHome has been around for a few years, but now it is Medicare approved for Dry AMD patients to monitor their vision at home.
What is an Amsler Grid?
An Amsler Grid is a way for you to test your vision at home, in order to monitor changes and seek treatment immediately if you have vision changes. It is a simple test and should be performed daily. We suggest that you just make it a part of your daily regiment so that you don’t forget to do it.
We often see people mount the Amsler Grid on their refrigerator doors or a mirror and perform the following steps:
1) If you wear glasses, put them on and stand so that you can clearly see the grid.
2) Cover one eye and focus on the dot in the middle of the grid.
3) Repeat this on the other eye.
If you see any wavy, distorted or missing line, please call us 1-866-865-2020 as soon as possible for an appointment.
The Amsler Grid is always given to macular degeneration patients, but we also feel that all patients can benefit by its use, especially those with diabetes.
Below is sample of a normal vision and abnormal vision.
If you experience abnormal vision, please call our office immediately at 1-866-865-2020.
ForeseeHome Monitoring for Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Patients –
The key to saving sight is through early detection and treatment. This is especially true with Dry AMD patients that have the potential to convert to Wet AMD. ForeseeHome Monitoring Program can detect changes in the retina before the eye may notice it.
We have always given all our our AMD patients an Amsler Grid (as shown above), but now there is new advanced technology for home monitoring. The ForeseeHome Monitoring Program is the first FDA and Medicare approved home monitoring system that is available by prescription. It is more sensitive than an amsler grid and it actually notifies your doctor of even the smallest changes in your vision. Someone from our office will then contact you immediately for an appointment with your doctor.
The ForeseeHome also has another advantage over the amsler grid in that it prevents your brain from compensating for visual defects that you might have become accustomed to. Dr. Joshua Mali, Fellowship Trained Retina Specialist at The Eye Associates, explains “The reason this is important is that studies show that 94% of Dry AMD patients that converted to wet AMD maintained functional vision as compared to only 62% of patients using other detection methods.”
The test only takes 3 minutes and is done in the comfort of your own home to detect signs of changes/progression in your dry macular degeneration. ForeseeHome does not require a home computer or internet connection. All you do is simply plug it into a power outlet.
ForeseeHome detects these changes before you notice them yourself, allowing your doctor to monitor your vision for any changes between regularly scheduled exams. Remember early detection is key in saving sight. Call 1-866-865-2020 for more information.
Click the video below for more information about ForeseeHome.
For more information about the ForeseeHome, or for an appointment to get a prescription for the ForseeHome, please click here or call 1-866-865-2020.