AREDS2 study to test home monitoring

July 9, 2010

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has launched an ancillary study to the ongoing Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2, which has the aim of determining whether oral supplementation of lutein/zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids can further slow the progression of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration.

St. Louis-The National Eye Institute (NEI) has launched an ancillary study to the ongoing Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2), which has the aim of determining whether oral supplementation of lutein/zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids can further slow the progression of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The objective of the ancillary study is to determine whether home monitoring using a proprietary monitor (ForeseeHome AMD Monitor, Notal Vision) will lead to earlier detection of wet AMD when compared with standard care and will result in better visual acuity following therapy at 1 year.

The proprietary monitor is the first ophthalmic device designed to provide ongoing monitoring of patients with AMD between visits to an eye-care professional. Patients complete a brief exam on the monitor in their own homes, and data are transmitted to the company’s monitoring center.