Your eye examination will take place with caring certified professionals who will determine your needs based on the latest information and technology available. Our office is committed to the best patient care possible. In order to continue with this philosophy we have invested in the latest technological innovations. Some of our advanced medical equipment include:
Optical Coherence Tomographer
A noninvasive technique for imaging subsurface tissue structure with micrometer-scale resolution, the OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT) is a relatively new technique for two and three-dimensional imaging of tissues at the histological level.
The technique is based on optical technology and commercially available fiber-optic components adapted for ophthalmic use. OCT is a non-invasive technique that does not utilize ionizing radiation to provide in vivo images. OCT has numerous potential clinical applications and, in effect, creates “optical biopsies” of tissues. OCT may be able to contribute to early diagnosis of neurologic diseases like mulitple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. We frequently use it to evaluate glaucoma progression, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, macular holes, tumors, and even fitting scleral contact lenses.
Digital Retinal Imaging
This new technology combines retinal photography with digital imaging. This allows instant viewing of retinal images by both the doctor and the patient, without the use of dilation drops. These images serve a dual purpose: first for documenting any existing eye disease, and second for establishing baseline images to compare against any future possible changes.
This method of examining and documenting the retina is incredibly more detailed and accurate than the conventional drawing method still in use by clinics that choose not to offer this new technology. We believe baseline images will promote earlier diagnosis of many abnormal vision conditions, many of which can lead to permanent visual loss if not caught and treated in a timely manner.
Corneal topography is a process for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea, similar to making a contour map of land. The cornea is a clear membrane that covers the front of the eye and is responsible for about 70 percent of the eye’s focusing power. To a large extent, the shape of the cornea determines the visual ability of an otherwise healthy eye. A perfect eye has an evenly rounded cornea, but if the cornea is too flat, too steep, or unevenly curved, less than perfect vision results. This image is an example of what a corneal map looks like. The warmer colors represent steeper areas of the cornea.
The purpose of corneal topography is to produce a detailed description of the shape and power of the cornea. Using computerized imaging technology, the 3-dimensional map produced by the corneal topographer aids an Optometrist in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of various visual conditions such as Keratoconus, corneal scars or deformities, corneal transplants, and others. It is also very helpful for planning refractive surgery. It is also a first step to designing a specialized contact lens for our Wave Corneal Molding patients or simply for our tough to fit patients who have had previous corneal disease or surgery which prevents them from being fit to an “off the shelf” contact lens.
Visual Field Analysis
We have three different versions of this test that maps the sensitivity of central and peripheral vision. Each test has its advantages and your doctor will order the most appropriate analysis for your condition. A visual field can be used to detect glaucoma, stroke, brain tumors, vision blocked by droopy eyelids, and many other neurological disorders. The test usually takes 1-5 minutes per eye and results can be interpreted immediately following testing. We include a visual field as part of our standard exam for diabetics or those experiencing worsening headaches.
Does My Insurance Cover This Test?
Medical insurance companies will reimburse for some of these procedures only when there is an existing retinal disease which the photos are documenting. We offer digital retinal imaging as a powerful way of viewing your central retina without the need for dilation. When used as part of your comprehensive exam, our baseline screening imaging (when no disease is present) is $34.00. We are very excited about the results in this technology and highly recommend Digital Retinal Imaging as an optional addition to your exam.