Regular detailed examination of the inside of the eye – the retina, is critical to eye health. Doctors use a number of techniques to examine the retina including looking into the eye, usually after dilating and the use of special cameras for imaging inside the eye. Until recently, most ophthalmic cameras could only photograph about 20% of the retina at a time. We now know that many eye diseases occur or begin at the outer edges of the retina, (“the periphery”), so examining this area is extremely important.
Because seeing the entire retina is so important, at TRANSCENDING EYE CARE, we have invested in the most advanced camera for ultra-widefield photography and angiography. In a single, quick shot, this camera produces “optomap” photos of about 82% of the retina. These optomap images provide superior visibility of the retinal periphery allowing us to see, document, show you, and follow pathology that could not be seen with traditional eye cameras.
The optomap exam is quick and painless and combined with the thorough eye exams our doctors are trained to provide this advanced technology offers a new level of diagnostic confidence. We are proud and happy to offer this service to our patients.
Oculus Visual Field
The Oculus Easy Field visual fields instrument examines how your eyes and brain works together. The machine does this by checking the health and function of the visual pathways from the eyes back to the brain, as well as the vision portion of the brain. Small areas of missing vision can be screened with this device. Because vision is overlap by your right and left eyes, these early stages of vision lost is not noticed.
Diseases that manifest losses of visual fields includes glaucoma, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke and pituitary tumors as well as many others. Subtle losses of visual fields may be the first sign of disease.
This screening is also not covered by your medical insurance because most plans do not cover preventive care. But with a small out-of-pocket expense, this test can tell you a lot about your health.
The Topcon CT-80 Non-Contact Tonometer gently measures the pressure of your eye with a soft puff of air. "Air puff" test – where an automated instrument discharges a small burst of air to the surface of your eye. Based on your eye's resistance to the puff of air, the machine calculates the pressure inside your eye – called your intraocular pressure (IOP).
Though the air puff test can be startling, nothing but air touches your eye during this measurement and there's no risk of eye injury from the procedure. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is important because it is one of the screening methods used to detect glaucoma.
Elevated pressure or a pattern of increasing pressure over a period of time may indicate glaucoma. IOP is also used to assess appropriate treatment regimen.
The Topcon KR-8800 Auto-Refractor automatically determines a tentative prescription for glasses and corneal curvature measurements helps to determine the proper contact lenses fit.
An autorefractor evaluates the way an image is focused on the retina, where vision processing takes place, without the need for you to say anything. This makes autorefractors especially useful when examining young children or people who may have difficulty with a regular ("subjective") refraction. Often, the results obtained from an autorefractor are verified and refined with a manual subjective refraction during the exam to determine your eyeglasses prescription.
This is where your "20/20" experience happens! During a refraction, the doctor puts the phoropter in front of your eyes and shows you a series of lens choices. You will then be asked which of the two lenses in each pair ("1 or 2,") make the letters on the wall chart look clearer.
Based on your answers, your doctor will determine the amount of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and/or astigmatism you have, and the eyeglass lenses required to correct these vision problems (which are called refractive errors).
This instrument, is a microscope the doctors would use to examine and check the health of the front part of the eye as well as the back of your eye. Patients are seated comfortably in with chin and forehead rested in.
Patients are then directed to look in certain areas. If your eyes are also dilated, the doctors can look in the back of your eyes and check for any damages or diseases to your retina.