We can predict your future risk!
Uptown Eye Care is the first clinic in Minnesota to offer a proactive approach to Age Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the world. The MacuScope detects one of the major risk factors of Macular Degeneration, which is the loss of macular protective pigment (MPP).
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) what is that?
AMD is the leading cause of legal blindness in the world today, currently affecting more than 30 million people worldwide. AMD is the degeneration of the macula, the portion of the eye that is responsible for crisp straight-ahead vision. Peripheral vision is generally maintained but AMD is the primary cause of central vision loss. There is no treatment for Macular Degeneration but early risk detection is critical to preserving one’s vision. A preventative treatment program that uses supplements and possibly lifestyle changes can help to manage the deficiency of macular protective pigment (MPP).
The MacuScope performs a painless, non-invasive test, which requires no dilation, and is able to measure and track MPP changes in the macula. This allows eye care professionals to place patients in one of three categories: high risk, average, or low risk for the potential of developing AMD.
For those at high risk (low MPP) a treatment program, using ocular supplements could be developed to re-pigment the macula. The supplements we recommend are Lutein Plus, Occuvite, I-Caps, Eye Health, and Macusheild. Lifestyle changes will also help protect your vision such as wearing sunglasses, smoking cessation, weight loss and other healthy choices.
AMD risk factors
- Low MPP levels
- Family history
- Sun exposure
- Fatty diets
- Light colored eyes
- Poor nutrition
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gender – Women are at a higher risk than men
Here is what our patients have to say…
“It’s good to know now that I’m at risk so I can do something about it.”
• Connie, Monticello
“I’m telling other friends about it.”
• Arlis, Buffalo
” After seeing the destruction wet macular degeneration created in my mother’s life, I wanted to be proactive and take whatever precautions were necessary to prevent the same thing from happening to me. When I saw the news feature for the MacuScope at Uptown Eye Care I knew this was something I wanted to investigate. My test results along with my genetics put me at very high risk. To combat the disease I will take Eye Health for six months and recheck my score on the MacuScope to see if supplementation has been beneficial. I like the fact that the MacuScope gives me measurable results to track my progress.”
• Nancy Shermoen, RN, International Falls