Boaldin Eye Care in Oklahoma City utilizes cutting edge technology like digital retinal scans and corneal mapping. Advances in eye care allow us to detect and treat eye diseases earlier and with greater accuracy, and provide a more comfortable experience for the patient where possible.
Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
The retina is the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eyeball which receives and relays from the front of the eye the images we see. Advanced digital scanning technology provides a wide angle view of the retina, blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye, without touching the surface of the eye.
Digital retinal imaging and OTC are non-invasive and do not cause pain. The eyes are dilated and then you look through a viewfinder while the computer scans your retina using safe low-frequency light. The computer produces a high resolution image of the back of the eye instantly and we save them as a digital baseline for future comparisons to monitor changes over time. Optical coherence tomography, or OTC, can detect early changes in the layers of the retina, optic nerve, and other anatomical structures that can signal the onset of eye diseases or tumors, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. If we catch these diseases early, we can often slow down or stop their progression and prevent vision loss.
OPTOS Retinal Scan and optomap®
The AOA recommends a comprehensive eye exam every year to maintain eye health, and our Practice offers the optomap® Retinal Exam yearly, too. This digital retinal scan produces a picture that is as distinct as you fingerprint and supplies us with a panoramic view of the retinal structures at the back of the eye, providing us a window to the health of your retina, blood vessels, and nerves.
The test is quick and comfortable for people of all ages. You just look into the device, and you will see a flash of light, which is the camera capturing the image of your retina.
An optomap® Retinal Examination can detect:
- Eye and brain tumors
- Signs of eye diseases and conditions like retinal tears, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy
- Systemic health problems like poorly managed diabetes and hypertension
Since the optomap® provides a digital image in real time, we can view it together to go over the results, and our computer stores it for future reference. When are you going to book your optomap® Retinal Exam?
Visual Field or Peripheral Vision Exam
When people experience eyesight problems, they usually notice vision loss in their central vision first, but vision loss in any part of the field of view can be a sign of serious eye conditions. A visual field test measures the quality of your vision throughout the entire visual field, including peripheral vision.
One of the most common forms of a peripheral vision exam is a non-invasive test that doesn’t even require eye drops. The patient looks through a viewfinder and presses a button when lights of varying brightness and locations are flashed on the screen.
Each eye is tested independently and the entire test takes anywhere from a few minutes to about ¾ of an hour, depending on the reason for the evaluation. This test is often required for a drivers’ license.
Usually, the digital Humphrey machine is used for a visual field test. Sometimes a manual Goldman test is carried out instead.
Corneal topography (mapping), also called videokeratography or photokeratoscopy, is a non-invasive medical imaging method for creating a 3-dimensional digital model of the curvature of the eye’s surface. Refraction – how clearly the eye sees, based on the way light entering it is bent toward the retina at the back of the eye – is determined by the lens and the cornea. So, mapping out the corneal curvature can be a very useful technique.
The corneal mapping procedure is done in a matter of seconds and is entirely pain-free. The concept of corneal topography is an advancement of keratoscopy, which expands the 4 points of data measured by keratometry into a multi-thousand-point grid covering the whole surface of the cornea.
Corneal topography can help optometrists diagnose and treat corneal conditions, like astigmatism and keratoconus. Ophthalmologists use 3D maps of the cornea to plan and carry out refractive surgery, including laser eye surgery (LASIK). This advanced technology can also be used during the post-operative stage to evaluate the success of treatment.
Schedule your appointment with our Oklahoma City optometrist today, and get a glimpse into the world of advanced eye care technology.
Some information from this article was provided by the EyeGlass guide!