Computerized Visual Acuity
Visual acuity is by far the most important diagnostic eye test. It determines whether one’s vision is normal or reduced, and if so, by how much. In contrast to its importance, visual acuity is currently determined by a manual test which has hardly changed in the past century. Perhaps the only change made to the original Snellen chart was the introduction, some 15 years ago, of a more standardized chart layout, called the ETDRS chart, with 5 letters in each row and a uniform interval between successive rows.
Visual Field Analyzer
The Octopus 300 is the compact perimeter for every glaucoma practice. It even fits in a corner and produces accurate results without a dark room.
– The Glaucoma Perimeter: Standard Perimetry, SWAP and Flicker testing
– Fastest Test Strategy: Full threshold examination within 2:30 minutes
– Reliability: True fixation control and automated Eye Tracking
– Networkability: Ethernet connection and EMR interface
This system specializes in capturing images of the anterior segment of the eye. You’ll have images for documentation of the condition which will help you in efficient diagnosis and in educating your patient. Viewing the posterior and anterior segment of the eye is critical in diagnosis of a number of ocular conditions. The anterior segment is the front third of the eye and comprises the vitreous humour, cornea, iris, ciliary body and the lens of the eye. Conditions that affect this part of the eye include keratitis, corneal ulcers, corneal abrasion, irititis, uveitis and cataracts.
Digital Anterior segment imaging is designed for real time imaging, with the ability to immediately capture full color ocular images. The images, because of their high quality digital resolution can be enlarged, enhanced, segmented, stored, printed and transmitted to other facilities or ophthalmic professionals over the Internet for further analysis.
OPTOS Retinal Exam
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Pomerado Scripps Eye Care offers the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams in our Poway optometry practice. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as you fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.
Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.
An optomap® Retinal Exam provides:
- A scan to show a healthy eye or detect disease.
- A view of the retina, giving your doctor a more detailed view than he/she can get by other means.
- The opportunity for you to view and discuss the optomap® image of your eye with your doctor at the time of your exam.
- A permanent record for your file, which allows us to view your images each year to look for changes.
The optomap® Retinal Exam is fast, easy, and comfortable for all ages. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your retina has been taken. The optomap® image is shown immediately on a computer screen so we can review it with you.
Please schedule your optomap® Retinal Exam today!
For more information on the optomap® Retinal Exam, go to the Optos website.
Corneal topography, also known as photokeratoscopy or videokeratography, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye. Since the cornea is normally responsible for some 70% of the eye’s refractive power, its topography is of critical importance in determining the quality of vision.
The three-dimensional map is therefore a valuable aid to the examining ophthalmologist or optometrist and can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a number of conditions; in planning refractive surgery such as LASIK and evaluation of its results; or in assessing the fit of contact lenses. A development of keratoscopy, corneal topography extends the measurement range from the four points a few millimeters apart that is offered by keratometry to a grid of thousands of points covering the entire cornea. The procedure is carried out in seconds and is completely painless.
Digital Retinal Imaging & OCT Scans
We use cutting-edge digital imaging technology to assess your eyes. Many eye diseases, if detected at an early stage, can be treated successfully without total loss of vision. Your retinal Images will be stored electronically. This gives the eye doctor a permanent record of the condition and state of your retina.
This is very important in assisting our optometrist in Poway, CA to detect and measure any changes to your retina each time you get your eyes examined, as many eye conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are diagnosed by detecting changes over time.
The advantages of digital imaging include:
- Quick, safe, non-invasive and painless
- Provides detailed images of your retina and sub-surface of your eyes
- Provides instant, direct imaging of the form and structure of eye tissue
- Image resolution is extremely high quality
- Uses eye-safe near-infra-red light
- No patient prep required
Digital Retinal Imaging
Digital Retinal Imaging allows your Poway eye doctor to evaluate the health of the back of your eye, the retina. It is critical to confirm the health of the retina, optic nerve and other retinal structures. The digital camera snaps a high-resolution digital picture of your retina. This picture clearly shows the health of your eyes and is used as a baseline to track any changes in your eyes in future eye examinations.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan (commonly referred to as an OCT scan) is the latest advancement in imaging technology. Similar to ultrasound, this diagnostic technique employs light rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers of the back of the eye.
A scanning laser used to analyze the layers of the retina and optic nerve for any signs of eye disease, similar to an CT scan of the eye. It works using light without radiation, and is essential for early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinal disease.
With an OCT scan, doctors are provided with color-coded, cross-sectional images of the retina. These detailed images are revolutionizing early detection and treatment of eye conditions such as wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy.
An OCT scan is a noninvasive, painless test. It is performed in about 10 minutes right in our office. Feel free to contact our Poway eye care clinic to inquire about an OCT at your next appointment.