Optomap-scanning Retinal Laser

Here at Premier Eye Center, we are proud to offer Optos optomap-scanning retinal laser.

Eye health is really important, and we use the Optos optomap-scanning retinal laser to ensure that we can catch problems early. It provides an image of your retina, allowing us to check out the health of your eyes.

This is important because many diseases can affect your eyes without your knowledge. Some diseases don’t even start to affect your vision until it is too late.

For this reason, it is important to have regular eye examinations with our optomap laser. We are looking for macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other retinal problems (such as tears or detachments). People who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure really need to have their eyes closely monitored for any changes that could cause them to lose their vision.

The best part about our optomap laser is that it makes getting images fast and easy. It is also painless. All you have to do is look inside of our machine and the light lets you know that the picture has been taken! We can keep the pictures in your file so we can monitor any changes that may occur over time.

If you have any questions about our Optos optomap-scanning retinal laser, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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Visual Field Testing

A visual field test is an optometrist’s first tool in determining the scope of an individual’s vision. Your visual field, or the width of your vision, can help detect any abnormalities, various diseases, as well as blind spots or issues with peripheral vision. Blind spots, or scotomas, and other vision defects can indicate a brain or neurological disorder making the visual field test the first line of defense.

Types of Visual Field Tests Include:

  • Amsler Grid: A grid containing a pattern of lines with a dot in the center. The patient is asked to look directly at the dot, one eye at a time, and determine if there are any areas of the grid that appear distorted, faded, or blank. These would indicate some sort of vision loss.
  • Confrontation testing: One eye is covered while the other is fixed on a target. The peripheral vision is then stimulated by another object while remaining focused on the original target. This allows for your periphery field of view to be assessed.
  • Automated Perimetry: The chin is placed in a bowl-like structure for stability while small flashes of light are emitted at different brightness levels. You are instructed to indicate each time you see one of these lights. This process is used to determine if any blind spots or areas of loss in vision exist.
  • Frequency Doubling Perimetry: This method uses an optical illusion to help indicate loss of vision. Bars of contrasting colors, normally black and white, flicker on and off at varying rates. If you are unable to see the bars at any point, there may be areas of loss. This is particularly helpful in detecting early glaucoma.
  • Electroretinography: The eye is stimulated by a special light. This triggers electronic signals from light-sensitive cells found in the retina. These are then measured to search for any areas of loss or disorders which would cause a lack of reflection.

For more information on our various visual field tests or to request an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

At Premier Eye Center, we are proud to offer Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This advanced, noninvasive technology is a form of retinal imaging that allows us to capture high resolution cross-sectional images.

By examining the layers in the retina and measuring their thickness, we can better monitor the onset and progression of various retinal conditions and diseases.
This method of testing is the standard when it comes to the assessment and treatment of these conditions, and can be completed without any patient discomfort or exposure to radiation as no x-rays are used.

Your doctor may conduct an OCT scan for several reasons, but the most common include:

  • To monitor the progression of your retinal condition
  • To confirm or rule out swelling of the retina
  • To compare current and previous scans to monitor the success of a medication or treatment

If you have questions about OCT, we are happy to help you feel comfortable and informed prior to your appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

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Corneal Topography

Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses a scanning device and specialized software to measure the shape, size, thickness, and curvature of the cornea. It is entirely non-invasive, painless, and brief.

After the test is complete, the software digitizes the measurements into three-dimensional maps of the cornea that look similar to heat maps. These demonstrate the information obtained from the scan so that your optometrist can gauge several things like corneal astigmatism and irregularities, as well as fit contact lenses and plan for surgeries like laser vision correction.

The reason measurements of the cornea are so important is because they are responsible for approximately 70% of each eye’s focusing (refractive) power. Corneal irregularities are the cause of many different vision problems, but with standard vision tests, these irregularities can go completely unseen.

For questions about corneal topography or to request an appointment, please call Premier Eye Center today.

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