Retinal Digital Imaging
We have a high-definition digital camera used for photodocumentation of the retina. Our doctors use the camera to monitor ocular diseases and abnormalities for any changes, as well as for a baseline comparison to have on yearly exams.
Optical Coherence Tomographer
Optical Coherence Tomography, or ‘OCT’, is a technique for obtaining ultrasounds of the eye. An optical beam is directed at the tissue, and reflections from within tissue provide cross-sectional images. This instrument is useful in detecting and monitoring glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other retinal diseases.
A visual field machine is used to measure the function of a patient’s peripheral vision. It can also be used to monitor different retinal diseases and to diagnose vision loss due to stroke. Glaucoma is an eye disease that primarily affects side vision, so patients being monitored for glaucoma will use this test on a regular basis. We typically do a screening visual field on all of our patients.
This instrument is used to create a topographical map of the front surface of the eye. The maps provide useful information to the doctors and aid them in diagnosing corneal degenerative diseases and in fitting specialty contact lenses.
We have two autorefracting machines that give our doctors an estimate of your prescription. They also function to determine the shape of the front surface of your eye and measure the affect of glare on your vision.
Which is better…one or two? With our computerized refracting systems, your doctor will better be able to determine the most accurate prescription for you. These phoropters are not only used to find your distance prescription, but also to measure how the eyes are aligned, your reading prescription, and how well your eyes work as a team.
A pachymeter is used to measure the thickness of the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. This measurement is useful in determining if a patient is a candidate for laser surgery and to help determine one’s risk for glaucoma.