Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
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
Digital Retinal Imaging
Digital Retinal Imaging allows your eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.
With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our office. Feel free to contact our office to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.
To best way to perform specular microscopy is with a modern non-contact specular microscope.
The microscope captures an image of the endothelial cells on the back surface of the cornea and the doctor analyzes the results to make an assessment about the health of your cornea.
Specular microscopy may be indicated in the following clinical situations
- contact lens wear
- evaluation of uveitis
- evaluation of corneal edema
- evaluation of corneal opacity
- evaluation of neovascularization
- evaluation of endotheliopathies
- preoperative risk assessment (cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, refractive surgery)
- postoperative surgical management
Anterior Segment Imaging
Anterior Segment Imaging is a non-invasive procedure that uses a low-powered laser to image the cornea, iris and anterior chamber of the eye.
Scanning lasers are non-contact instruments that utilize low-power laser energy to image the physical features of the anterior segment of the eye.
Anterior segment imaging may also be performed with ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) technology.
Anterior segment imaging may be indicated in the following situations
- corneal edema
- corneal dystrophies
- contact lens treatment
- glaucoma suspect
- eye injury
Tonometry is the name for a variety of tests that measure the intraocular pressure of the eye. Abnormal intraocular pressures are associated with several types of eye diseases and obtaining these measurements is a part of every comprehensive medical eye examination.
A common method used for tonometry is a non-contact procedure the uses a soft puff of air to measure intraocular pressure. Based on your eye's resistance to the puff of air, the instrument calculates the pressure inside your eye.
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.