Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular oedema are two of the first complications of diabetes to appear because of the way high blood glucose damages blood vessels. The tiny blood vessels in the eyes are especially vulnerable.
In the US, diabetic retinopathy is responsible for most cases of vision loss in diabetics and is a leading cause of blindness in working-age adults. Diabetic macular oedema, a swelling of the central area of the retina, occurs as a result of diabetic retinopathy.
Laser treatments are effective when the damage is discovered early enough. More advanced disease requires expensive injections of ant-VGEF agents like Avastin, Eylea, and Lucentis to halt or at least slow down the progression of the disease process
A company called Polyphotonix Medical has created a non-invasive product for both diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.
It’s an eye mask worn at night named the Noctura 400 Sleep Mask, and it is a monitored ophthalmic treatment that they say can be used to slow, stop, or reverse the effects of retinopathy.
The mask is currently available and licensed for clinical use in the UK, Europe, and in various parts of the Middle East.
How Does the Noctura 400 Work? A soft fabric mask contains a pod that delivers a dose of light therapy while a patient is sleeping. The creators, Polyphotonix, say that it reduces the oxygen demand of the retina during the night lowering the risk of retinal hypoxia–a key contributing factor in the development of retinopathy in patients with diabetes.
The Noctura 400 has been submitted to the FDA and is still awaiting approval. [To learn more about the device or where to get in other countries, visit noctura.com
One Man’s Positive Experience With the Noctura 400:
Patrick McCrosson lives in Boston, Massachusetts and has lived with type 1 diabetes for nearly 40 years. He was diagnosed with pre-proliferative retinopathy in April of 2016 and told by his ophthalmologist that if it got worse, he’d require laser treatment.
Patrick started a Facebook group called "Diabetes Retinopathy and Eye Solution" to gather information about what treatments were available. He learned that as many as 50% of the patients treated with laser therapy lose their peripheral, color, and night vision. A frightening prospect! A member of the group, Jacob from Chicago, raved about the Nocura 400 mask. Jacob was the first US patient to fly to the UK to purchase one. McCrosson researched the Noctura 400 and found only positive reviews for it. 5 days later he booked his ticket.
Patrick writes that “Polyphotonix and their distributor, the Outside Clinic in Swindon, England gave me 5-star service and made it so easy to purchase once I was in London. With beneficial FDA laws in place, I only had to fly to London once to purchase the mask as they can now be shipped to me every six months.”
McCrosson writes that “Getting used to the green light took about five days and now when I put it on before bed, I barely notice the green shining in my eyes as they have adjusted. Wearing the mask itself took less than two weeks to get adjusted to as I would take it off in the middle of the night. I found that tightening it and telling myself before bed not to remove it, solved that issue.”
Three weeks after getting the mask, McCrosson went back to his Ophthalmologist for a follow-up. He was hoping to learn that his retinopathy had not progressed. He was not expecting the Noctura 400 to have helped so soon and was “in complete surprise when my doctor told me my eyes were looking great and that the micro-aneurysms had reduced in both eyes, but especially in my right eye.”
McCrosson writes that “Members of my Facebook group using the mask have all reduced bleeds, lasers, injections, visits to the eye doctor, costs and anxiety. Several have reported improved vision. One enthusiastic member, Sysy Morales says, "I am excited to share that I went from 20/100 vision down to 20/70 for the first time in 35 years! To date, my eye disease has not progressed to proliferative retinopathy, and I have escaped lasers and eye injections. The Noctura 400 has restored my faith in the future, and I am excited to tell people with diabetes across the world that we don't have to suffer anymore.”
Sysy Morales, for Diabetes Daily[Editor's note: After reading about the Noctura 400 Sleep Mask, I decided to give it a try myself. I've been getting injections for diabetic macular edema, every six weeks, for close to three years. The great people at Polyphotonix agreed to send a mask to me in Australia. I've worn it four nights now. It does take some getting used to. My next appointment with my ophthalmologist is in five days, and I can't wait to find out whether or not he can see any improvement.]
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