Harlow, Essex (PRWEB UK) 2 June 2014
Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard optometry and ophthalmic equipment, has recently installed a MAIA microperimeter into the Mater Private Hospital (MPH), to support a new low-vision clinic.
MPH is a private hospital in Dublin. The Private Eye Centre uses leading edge technology and innovative procedures to offer comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation and treatment, from routine eye exams to urgent eye care.
The Mater Private Hospital houses the largest private eye centre in the country. Employing 14 Consultant Ophthalmologists, they treat a range of complex eye diseases. The new clinic was set up in December 2013 by Consultant Ophthalmologist, Catriona Kirwan, to treat patients with low vision.
The addition of the MAIA to the low-vision clinic enables the hospital to diagnose and treat patients who suffer with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The microperimeter has also been instrumental in a number of studies which the hospital has undertaken on ocular pathology, with further studies planned for the future.
The MAIA monitors retinal functional changes and observes the effectiveness of treatment over time. The product has multiple fixation targets at selectable locations, which helps patients with central scotoma visualise the target during the sensitivity test. This feature enhances the identification of the Preferred Retinal Locus (PRL) and decreases the examination time in patients with highly unstable fixation.
Catriona Kirwan, MPH Consultant Ophthalmologist, said, “The MAIA is an invaluable tool that allows us to assess the macula in ways I could only have dreamed of.”
Jacqui Kenyon, HS-UK Product Manager, said, “The addition of the MAIA allows MPH to provide PRL training for patients with AMD as well as using it to look at macular function. PRL training will identify an optimal retinal area to train eccentric viewers to improve fixation capability, enabling them to read more easily and improving their quality of life.”
Jacqui continued, “We are delighted with the success of the MAIA in the UK. Having been launched in November 2012, we have had unprecedented interest in the product and have had fantastic feedback from customers.”
For further information on the MAIA, telephone Haag-Streit UK on (01279) 414969, email maia(at)haag-streit-uk(dot)com or visit http://www.haagstreituk.com/maia.
Haag-Streit UK Limited
Harlow, Essex, England
Date: 2nd June 2014