HS-UK installs a MAIA and LENSTAR into Queens University to support innovative research

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Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard optometry and ophthalmic equipment, has recently installed a MAIA microperimeter and LENSTAR LS 900 biometer into the Queens University Centre for Vision and Vascular Science (CVVS), Belfast.

HS-UK Area Sales Manager Angela Masson with Dr Ruth Hogg

The MAIA is fast and easy-to-use and will allow quick monitoring of the macula. We are delighted with the addition of both the MAIA and the LENSTAR to our facility at Queens University, and look forward to using them in our ongoing research projects.

Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard optometry and ophthalmic equipment, has recently installed a MAIA microperimeter and LENSTAR LS 900 biometer into the Queens University Centre for Vision and Vascular Science (CVVS), Belfast.

The CVVS is an interdisciplinary research centre, which is dedicated to developing new avenues for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of important ophthalmic conditions. To achieve this, they are developing research programmes to advance new therapies that will ultimately benefit patients.

The MAIA microperimeter was chosen as CVVS Lecturer, Dr Ruth Hogg, had used the product previously and it was recommended to her by a colleague. It will be used for a number of studies to look at treatments for early Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and monitoring change in diabetic retinopathy.

The LENSTAR was selected due to the accuracy of its measurements, in particular, the ability to calculate lens thickness, something which is not available on any other biometer.

Both pieces of equipment will be used in add-on studies as part of the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal study of Aging (NICOLA). This study involves 8,500 people over the age of 50 in Northern Ireland, and tracks their experience of aging over a 10 year period.

Angela Masson, HS-UK Area Sales Manager, said, “The MAIA and LENSTAR are both ideal tools for the NICOLA study. The MAIA monitors retinal functional changes and observes the effectiveness of treatment over time. It is designed to identify the normal, age-related decrease in sensitivity, and differentiate it from the pathological changes associated with macular degeneration and other retinal diseases.”

Angela continued, “The LENSTAR allows the user to get 9 measurements in one single shot, and the results are highly reproducible, allowing for high-quality, reliable results.”

Dr Ruth Hogg, CVVS Lecturer, said, “The MAIA is fast and easy-to-use and will allow quick monitoring of the macula. We are delighted with the addition of both the MAIA and the LENSTAR to our facility at Queens University, and look forward to using them in our ongoing research projects.”

For further information on HS-UK products, telephone Haag-Streit UK on (01279) 414969, email info(at)haag-streit-uk(dot)com or visit http://www.haagstreituk.com.

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