Eye Imaging Technology
It is amazing how much technology has improved in the past few years! This has allowed us as doctors to diagnose cornea, retina, and other ocular disease much earlier, and more accurately than ever before! All of these equals saving precious sight, and this makes me very excited. For this blog post I want to walk you through the new eye imaging technology and how it can help you and your loved ones.
Number 1 : The OCT – Optical Coherent Tomography
This amazing piece of technology provides super high resolution images of your eye, it is so much more than a camera because we can view the actual tissue! 3-D image of your eye. We are able to see so much more than before, and best of all, it is quick, painless, and is very safe for the eye. In our eye care clinic we utilize this equipment for many different eye disease such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. We are also able to offer this technology to our healthy patients as well as part of a iWellness screening examination. When you come into our office for a routine eye examination, you can opt for this screening and one of our wonderful technicians will take a scan of each eye and your doctor will go over the scan with you during your examination. With this scan we can (and have) detected earlier stages of eye diseases that we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise.
Number 2 : Corneal Topographer
We just recently (last week) replaced our older topographer for the latest and greatest one! This instrument measures the front surface of your eye which is your cornea. Now not many people talk about the cornea, but it is so important. Without a perfectly clear cornea you would have difficulty seeing clearly. We perform this test on all patients who come in for a contact lens examination and this test is included in the price of your fitting. This is important because we want to make sure than there is no injury to your cornea from over wearing or poor fitting contact lenses. This instrument is also very useful for people with specialty contact lenses such as RGP, Hybrid, and Scleral lenses. We need to have many more parameters and this instrument is able to give us this information. And lastly but not least this instrument can detect corneal disease such as keratoconus and pellucid marginal degeneration.
We also have an automated visual field machine, anterior segment camera, retinal camera, just to name a few. What is even more important than having new eye imagining technology is having a doctor who is has experience in interpreting the results and treating the eye disease. I know that for me, completing a residency , fellowship and spending many years working as a staff optometrist in a hospital has given me the experience and confidence to treat eye diseases confidently.
So please remember to go in for your yearly eye exam and take advantage of your doctor’s expertise and new technology. You will likely learn something and you won’t regret it!