Kowa Digital Retinal Imaging Camera
At Family Eyecare Specialist we are committed to bring the most advanced technology to our patients. We to announce the addition of the Kowa Digital Retinal Imaging Camera as an integral part of your exam.
This latest high-resolution camera offers the best detailed images possible to view conditions such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, retinal disease, macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachments and floaters.
Your doctor recommends the digital retinal camera for all ages because it provides:
- An eye wellness scan.
- The ability for you to view your retinal image with your doctor during the examination
- An annual permanent digital record of your medical file allows us to compare and track
- Potential eye diseases over time.
- The ability to e-mail these images to other physicians managing your overall health.
The camera's low flash technology makes the photography fast, easy and comfortable. Insurances may or may not cover any advanced technology beyond the general eye examination.
Optical Coherence Tomography or OCT, is a non-invasive technology used for imaging the retina. It can determine if there are any vision related problems without touching the eye. It has the ability to detect problems in the eye prior to any symptoms being present in the patient.
This state of the art technologically advanced instrument creates a detailed 3-D image of the retinal nerve fiber layer and optic nerve; (the tissue that is damaged by glaucoma). This instrument also images the separate layers of the macula that are unable to be observed by more traditional methods for diagnosing and following macular degeneration.
It allows our doctors to objectively view and evaluate the retinal nerve fiber layer, optic nerve, macula, and other retinal disease or problems.
Visual Field Analyzer
A visual field test is a method of measuring an individual's entire scope of vision, that is their central and peripheral (side) vision. Visual field testing actually maps the visual fields of each eye individually. This test requires the patient to understand and fully cooperate, and complete the entire test in order to provide useful information.
Visual field testing is most frequently used to detect any signs of glacoma damage to the optic nerve. In addition, visual field tests are useful for detection of central or peripheral retinal disease, eyelid conditions such as potosis or drooping, optic nerve disease, and diseases affecting the visual pathways within the brain.
Visual Fields Test allows our doctors to efficiently detect eye diseases and brain disorders affecting the optic nerve.
The GDx uses a type of scanning laser polarimeter to measure the thickness of the nerve fiber layer. The procedure is painless and is usually performed on an undilated pupil. The thickness of the nerve fiber layer is then compared with the nerve fiber layer of normal eyes. The GDx maps the nerve fibers and compares them to a database of healthy, glaucoma-free patients. A thinning of the fibers indicates glaucoma. This information is then made available to your doctor in the form of pictures, graphs and statistical data that indicate the probability of glaucoma.
The GDx test is particularly powerful in early detection as studies show that more than 50% of individuals with glaucoma aren't aware they have it. It is also very useful for managing glaucoma over the years, because it detects very small changes when compared with previous GDx data. This information is helpful to your doctor so that he or she can decide if you truly have glaucoma or should only be considered a "glaucoma suspect."