Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy

KITLIVING

happening when you sleep when there

is little or no light. That is when rods get

busy and the need for oxygen goes up.

Based on this, PolyPhotonix, a Britishbased medical company has developed

an eyemask for use at night time and

which mitigates against this effect. By

using the appropriate lightwave, the mask

keeps the rods happy while not letting

them demand too much oxygen, thereby

preventing the development of the newer,

local capillaries.

This treatment is easy to do it can be

done at home. The amount of light used

in the mask is very weak, too weak to

actually disrupt your circadian levels, i.e.

there would be no reason why your sleep

hormone production would be affected.

You should sleep fine.

Well developed

There has already been several years

of development of the Noctura 400

eyemask. With regards to any medical

device, a Phase 1 trial is done to prove

that no harm is being done by using the

treatment. The Noctura 400 eyemask has

passed a Phase 1 trial. Then a Phase 2

trial is done to prove that the treatment

works.

Moira Hopkins has been involved in the

project since 2013. She has a background

in physics and has been primarily working

on launching the product in the UK. The

company is based in Sedgefield, County

Durham. She says, "Unfortunately, within

20 years of diagnosis nearly everyone with

Type 1 diabetes and almost 2/3 of people

with Type 2 diabetes will have some

degree of retinopathy*. However patients

are only treated at relatively late stages of

developing the condition. The retina has

huge oxygen consumption, the highest

oxygen requirement of any tissue in the

body, because of the high metabolic

rate of the photo-receptors (rods and

cones) and other structures. You have

approximately 120 million rods which

operate in the dark, and 7million cones

that operate in the light. Rods continue to

operate even when you're asleep, which

means they are still using oxygen. This

leads to an increased demand for blood

supply in the eye. Retinal hypoxia is the

medical term for a lack of oxygen. In those

circumstances the body then creates

extra blood vessels to supply demand.

"The Noctura 400 eyemask works

by providing a very low intensity of light

of the specific wavelength. This prevents

the rods from dark-adapting. It's a specific

wavelength that will not disrupt sleep.

Our Phase 2 trial showed that retinopathy

cysts were either reduced in size or gone

after six months we could show that

treated eyes got better while untreated

eyes got worse."

The device is programmed to suit

each patient's normal hours of sleep.It

should be worn every night for as long

as they are in bed up to a maximum of

eight hours and it lasts for three months,

then it gets replaced. The previous mask

is returned to the company who can then

see how much it is being used.

By compiling the data on patients

and linking it to eye health, the company

is proving that the product is effective

and a potential sight-saver. The point of

returning the used mask to the clinician

who can assess how it is being used is

also partly to help support the user to

make the best use of it. The eyemask

can be set up so that data from it can be

downloaded to a secure server and can

be shared with the clinician or caregiver to

monitor use.

The Noctura eyemask 400 is a

treatment for life; you can take a break and

skip a night if you need to, but otherwise

it should be used every night. It's a Class

2a medical device with CE accreditation

and the use of it is monitored by a health

professional during use.

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