We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Here are some of the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
For more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam, go to the Optos website .
Digital Retinal Imaging
We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.
This is very important in assisting your Optometrist to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.
The advantages of digital imaging include:
- Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
- Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
- Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
- Image resolution is extremely high quality
- Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
- No patient prep required
Dark Adaptation testing with AdaptDx
According to a 2017 study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, 25% of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) cases go undetected—even with regular examinations using current imaging tools.ii What’s more, additional studies show 78% of AMD patients do not seek treatment until their visual acuity is irreversibly damaged in one eye.ii
We can do better for our patients!
Earlier, More Accurate Detection
Structural changes (the appearance of drusen) in the retina are not always easily discernible. They often become evident only after AMD has progressed from a subclinical state.
Being able to identify the earliest AMD biomarker with such accuracy will help improve your patients’ outcomes. It allows you to detect AMD at the subclinical stage, at least three years before drusen are visible, when action can be taken to hopefully slow disease progression.
High-Touch Patient Care
The AdaptDx Pro® also offers an optimal patient experience. The lightweight headset adapts to each patient, providing a personalized fit. A padded liner and adjustable strap enhance patient comfort. Plus, new Comfort Guard™ eyecup covers ensure a soft and clean surface for each patient.
Our friendly on-board technician, Theia™, guides patients through the test. Her personalized coaching increases the likelihood of consistent, reliable results. Powered by artificial intelligence, Theia delivers a uniform experience.
Antioxidant Screening: What’s your Number??
We are committed to improving your health and the best approach is to be proactive. Your general well-being and your eyes are connected. We know that consumption of certain vitamins and carotenoid antioxidants:
- Maintain good eye health
- Decrease risk of macular degeneration
- Decrease risk of cataracts
- Decrease risk of glaucoma
- Decrease risk of dry eye
There is also strong evidence that abundant carotenoid antioxidants can:
- Slow the aging process
- Improve immune function
- Decrease risk of cancer
- Decrease risk of heart disease
- Decrease risk of diabetes
- Decrease risk of Alzheimer’s
- Improve skin, hair, and nail health
Our state of the art Biophotonic scanner allows us to accurately monitor your Macular Carotenoid levels which is critical for Macular degeneration management. It also gives us a current assessment of your antioxidant levels.
Many studies have discussed the importance of abundant antioxidant levels. Using the latest technology, our practice makes this bio-marker affordable to everyone. Prior to this technology, measuring antioxidant levels required blood and cost several hundred dollars. Now, it is non-invasive, painless, fast and inexpensive.
We have recently invested in this device and can now easily monitor your levels on a routine basis so you can work on improving your score with proper nutrients, diet, and lifestyle. We can also tell you if your vitamins are working or not.
This is a relatively easy number to improve within a couple of months. A rescan in 60 days can show how you have improved.
Visual Field Testing
A visual field test measures the range of your peripheral or “side” vision to assess whether you have any blind spots (scotomas), peripheral vision loss or visual field abnormalities. It is a straightforward and painless test that does not involve eye drops but does involve the patient’s ability to understand and follow instructions.
An initial visual field screening can be carried out by the optometrist by asking you to keep your gaze fixed on a central object, covering one eye and having you describe what you see at the periphery of your field of view. For a more comprehensive assessment, special equipment might be used to test your visual field. In one such test, you place your chin on a chin rest and look ahead. Lights are flashed on, and you have to press a button whenever you see the light. The lights are bright or dim at different stages of the test. Some of the flashes are purely to check you are concentrating. Each eye is tested separately and the entire test takes 15-45 minutes. These machines can create a computerized map out your visual field to identify if and where you have any deficiencies.