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An OCT is a non-invasive test which is very sensitive at detecting many eye conditions. It uses infra-red light to create a cross section (almost like an ultrasound) of your retina. It then compares this image to normal patients. With this information, our optometrists become even more precise at detecting some of the major sight threatening eye conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Retinal photographs have now become standard of care when it comes to optometry. It goes back to the old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. By utilizing photographs our optometrists are better able to monitor change to ensure that what we are seeing is not a variation of normal but an actual disease process. Our Canon CR-DGi non-mydriatic allows our office to acquire excellent photographs without the need for a dilation.
A very important aspect of any eye exam is checking eye pressures (IOP- intra-ocular pressure). IOP is a key component in the development of glaucoma. The scary thing with IOP is that you don’t feel it if your eye pressures are increasing, which is why patients are often asymptomatic when they are developing glaucoma. Therefore, it is an important screening test. There have been many advances when it comes to checking IOP but everyone seemed to recently get stuck on the “puff of air” also known as the NCT (non-contact tonometer). Wouldn’t it be great if someone invented something even less invasive? Well, someone has and it is known as Icare. This product measures IOP in a different way compared to the NCT and is far less invasive. At our office, we utilize this new technology to enhance our patient experience.
Along with the OCT and retinal photos, visual fields are also important when it comes to detecting and monitoring glaucoma. At our office, we have a Humphrey HFA visual field analyzer. This instrument is used to detect small changes in your ability to look with your peripheral vision. It allows us to detect glaucoma sooner and preserve your vision. Having this instrument in our office allows us to be a one-stop shop when it comes to your eyecare and prevents unnecessary referrals.