Bradenton’s Dr. Joshua Mali is fighting wet macular degeneration with the ForeseeHome monitoring system
“He’s a favorite of the retina doctors,” said Peggy Shinn, who works with Mali at The Eye Associates, 6002 Pointe West Blvd., Bradenton as well as in their Sarasota office. “That’s the word on the street.”
Mali’s fellow doctors may be envious to learn that in his zeal to save the eyesight of patients who already have dry macular degeneration from getting wet macular degeneration, Mali months ago began studying a piece of technology that has recently been approved by the Federal Drug Administration and Medicare. The technology, called ForeseeHome, is the first FDA-approved home-based monitoring system for macular degeneration patients.
Mali is among the first doctors in Bradenton to get the ForeseeHome AMD Monitoring System.
“I heard about it, started researching it by reading studies and I got excited about the results,” Mali said in his office last week.
Patients use the ForeseeHome at home by looking through the foam eye-piece once a day, three minutes for each eye.
“The best part is that if the system notices a change in either eye from the baseline, it alerts me and I contact them to be examined,” Mali said. “We will catch things sooner and have better outcomes.”
He has written 10 to 15 prescriptions for ForeseeHome so far and, while there have been no vision-saving moments yet, he feels certain it will happen in the future.
“This machine is like going from the bicycle to the automobile,” Mali said, excitedly. “It’s streamlined.”
Age-related macular degeneration