AMD patients

Patients with AMD could achieve better outcomes with early digital home monitoring, according to a new study. While the condition doesn’t necessarily lead to full vision loss, it can have a significant negative impact on a person’s daily life.

Here, we look at the findings of the latest study and how early digital home monitoring could help patients achieve better outcomes.

Digital home monitoring provides superior outcomes

The Analysis of Long-Term Visual Outcomes of ForeseeHome Remote Telemonitoring (ALOFT) study revealed digital home monitoring results in superior outcomes. Reporting on the results, Notal Vision Inc notes the importance of at home monitoring for the prevention of progression from dry to wet AMD.

The 10-year study revealed patients who progressed from dry to wet AMD saw superior outcomes in their long-term vision when detected early. Data from over 2000 patients, across five different clinical sites over a 10-year period was analysed. They used a home monitoring device supplied by the Notal Vision Monitoring Centre.

When the monitoring device detects structural changes, it alerts the physician. A follow-up exam is then carried out to determine if the changes are linked to a switch from dry to wet AMD.

In some cases, these follow up tests didn’t reveal an immediate change from dry to wet AMD. However, data analysis did show that these patients were twice as likely to develop wet AMD in the future.

Understanding the different types of AMD

There are two types of AMD, including dry and wet variations. Dry AMD is the most common type, developed gradually over a period of years. You will notice slight changes develop in your eyesight, eventually resulting in blank patches of vision.

Wet AMD is less common, but more serious. It can cause significant vision problems that develop rapidly. Approximately 10% to 15% of patients convert from dry to wet AMD. It occurs when new blood vessels grow due to an issue with the macula. The blood vessels typically grow in the wrong place, causing swelling and bleeding below the macula.

When left untreated, dry AMD can convert into wet AMD, which requires immediate treatment.

How is AMD treated?

Dry and wet AMD can be successfully treated. In some cases, AMD goes hand in hand with cataracts that can mask the condition. Therefore, you may need to undergo cataract surgery before the condition can be revealed and addressed.

Dry AMD doesn’t necessarily need to be treated, though it should be monitored. If you suspect you may have wet AMD, you may require regular eye injections, or very occasionally, light therapy.

To receive a diagnosis, book a consultation with Mr Zaid Shalchi today. If you are diagnosed with wet AMD, treatment can begin immediately.